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Over the weekend Chinese president Xi Jinping gave a directive to officials to build a Beijing-supervised "security barrier" around its internet. The instructions for maintaining and policing the internet were delivered after a cybersecurity meeting in China's capital. According to state-sponsored media republished by the …

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    1. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge

      Re: An Internet "passport" and "visa"

      At the low, low price of no longer having an open Internet. Others have written about the Balkanization of the Internet, and that's essentially what you're proposing.

  2. Bebu Silver badge


    Balkanization... wasn't the process that lead to Sarajevo 1914?

    And all expenses european working holidays for military aged males.

    I would have thought restricting the populace of the middle kingdom's exposure to what the rest of world is up to, is more likely to stiffle the creativity of its people than to lead to an indigenous flowering - if their own history is any guide.

    Gulags have produced their Nobels but pro-rated not exactly productivity's first choice.

  3. PhilipN Silver badge

    Learning from the best.

    How is this different from what the Department of Homeland Security (amongst others) is doing?

  4. Magani
    Big Brother

    Dear Eric Blair

    "Internet and information technology departments at all levels must be loyal to the Party and the people,..."

    Nothing says a government's loyalty to the people like censorship and isolationism.

    Is the CCP using '1984' as a user guide? Double plus ungood.

    1. David 132 Silver badge
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      Re: Dear Eric Blair

      Ah, you make the mistake of thinking that “The People” in this context means “the general population”. In totalitarian states the word has a very specific meaning and actually means “the people in charge and riding in limousines in Party-Only lanes of the highway”. See also any country describing itself as the “People’s Republic of X” or “The Democratic People’s X”.

      “When I use a word,” said Humpty Dumpty, “it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.”

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Xi must be running a weak show

    Any system that hides behind massive censorship to help protect it, is probably an unworkable idea.

    If the Chinese party system is so great, leave it open for all to see.

  6. Missing Semicolon Silver badge

    Here in the UK

    The penalty for "mis-information" is to be debanked.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    They have also started in Hong Kong....

    With re-routing HK traffic into china , then back out.....

    Which is exactly why HK was removed from the global data hubs as a routing station.

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