Beijing And The Internet: Regulatory Risk On The Rise

From: Barron’s Asia

By Shuli Ren

Alibaba Group‘s (BABA) very public spat with China’s powerful commerce watchdog The State Administration for Industry and Commerce, or SAIC, is getting the headlines, but it is by no means the only Internet company that has been in trouble.

Last week, Beijing cut off major Virtual Private Network, or VPN, services into China. Many Internet users use VPN to circumvent the Great Cyber Wall and access sites such as Facebook and Google‘s Gmail. The notion of cyber sovereignty – that China has the right to block a wide array of online content – is rising since President Xi Jinping came to power two years ago, reported The New York Times, which has been blocked in China.

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