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Aug
01

The dangers in Beijing’s bid for cyber sovereignty

From: Financial Times

Apple move could see China sequestering itself from the global web

“Cyber sovereignty” has been a buzzword among China’s political elite for more than 18 months. Now the world is finding out what it means in practice. Apple, the US tech company, was forced at the weekend to remove from its China App Store popular applications that enable users to bypass the “Great Firewall of China”.

Such applications, called virtual private networks, or VPNs, are routinely used by multinational companies, foreign individuals and many Chinese to access overseas web addresses such as Gmail, Google, Facebook, Twitter and a host of others that are blocked or painfully slow to access.

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