China to Control Global Cyberspace with their New Rulebook

Published Date : Jul 29, 2015

Internet being one of the prime modes of telecommunication, every country is imposing its rules on the users to control cybercrime, threats, and misuse of personal data. A Chinese researcher of China Youth Daily publicly announced that China is coming-up with a new set of rules to control global internet access. China’s legislature, on 1st July, passed a global internet security law stating that the country’s sovereignty would extend to cyberspace. 

A controllable network technology would be introduced to boost the Chinese firms to locate local substitutions for equipment that are purchased from foreign vendors. The foreign vendors would be intimated to disclose encryption keys of the equipment to China’s local authorities to control online data.

Earlier, when Western companies ruled the Internet, implementing such strategies was impossible. Now, as China is eying to pull maximum number of internet users from across the world, there has been a rise in Chinese power. For instance, Chinese citizens prefer using Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, instead of Google Inc. For Beijing, monitoring Chinese companies is easier to have a better control on cyberspace.

Many Western companies started applying Beijing’s rules. LinkedIn Corp. planned its Chinese operations by agreeing to restrict and censor content. Hewlett-Pachard Co. sold majority of its stake in China storage, server and technology operations to a Chinese firm. Apple Inc. confirmed that it stores data of Chinese users on a primary internet platform that is controlled by China Telecom. 

Countries from across the globe have started sharing China’s rules of controlling global cyberspace. Turkey has blocked Twitter and YouTube on temporary basis. Russia forced social media companies of U.S. to erase online content. 

‘China will soon be the center of cyberspace’, forecasts Fang Xingdong, a technology inventor, who introduced blogging in China, a decade ago. Internet is widespread with issues related to cybercrime and misuse of data. The rising Chinese prominence is expected to shape-up the internet usage with its new rules.