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[Ars Technica] China announces mass shutdown of VPNs that bypass Great Firewall

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[Ars Technica] China announces mass shutdown of VPNs that bypass Great Firewall

Postby parityboy » Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:45 pm

China's announcement said the country's Internet service market "has signs of disordered development that requires urgent regulation and governance" and that the crackdown is needed to “strengthen cyberspace information security management," according to the Post. The government said its crackdown would begin immediately and run until March 31, 2018.

Numerous Internet users in China rely on VPNs to access sites blocked or censored by the government's Great Firewall, such as Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Dropbox, The Pirate Bay, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many others. Apple recently pulled New York Times apps from its Chinese App Store to comply with Chinese regulations.


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