Is China’s censored internet winning? | DW Feature


remember when the internet was supposed
to spread freedom and democracy around the world it’s helped people organize
protest and fight for democratic reforms but increasingly authoritarian regimes
are using the Internet to undermine democracy by the monitoring citizen’s
silencing critics or just simply cutting the cord altogether in fact according to
one study the number of Internet shutdowns
has doubled since 2016 and more than 70% of Internet users now live in countries
where people were arrested for posting political social or religious content
and when it comes to controlling the internet experts saying there’s one
country that’s leading the way and teaching others how to do it China it’s
it’s basically pioneered and just dominated this form of kind of Internet
control and you look at it and you go ok we can do that
let’s try that it’s not too difficult to seek to track the trend in Beijing’s
influence and Beijing’s training and all these forms of Internet control that
China pioneered appearing in Africa for two decades China has been building its
own version of the internet sealed off by the Great Firewall which blocks
sensors and controls anything that the ruling party doesn’t like and now
China’s trying to export its model the internet around the world
Beijing calls this cyber sovereignty something President Xi Jinping promotes
to other leaders at China’s annual world internet conference ginger Wong look
they kind of crafted this doctrine of cyber sovereignty it says look just as
we control what goes on inside the physical borders of our country we
should be able to control absolutely what goes on in the you know cyber
borders of our country it’s basically using sovereignty arguments and national
security arguments as a justification for censorship China isn’t just
spreading its ideology it’s also sharing its technology companies with links to
the ruling party like Huawei are building Internet infrastructure in
countries all over the world particularly in Africa experts believe
that this could give those nations the same surveillance powers that China has
there are lots of places that you can see this investment and then see this
yeah this spike in censorship China has also trained leaders from nearly 40
different nations on its surveillance tactics including Uganda after its 2016
elections in the wake of that election when the government was complaining
about people how people are organized in social media and explaining why it had
to you know shut down social media people sounds good and some Ugandan
officials did go to Beijing and openly said we are going to Beijing to learn
how to deal with this problem with the internet come in the wake of cracking
down on dissent in Uganda you know I think it was pretty clear what they were
hoping to learn from from Beijing there are two competing models of the internet
one is China’s the other is more open and decentralized but right now it looks
like China’s is making serious progress that’s partly because the open model has
so many problems of its own from fake news and political hackings to
real-world violence China is able to say these aren’t really
problems in China because we tightly control our internet and we tightly
police them if countries that care about the internet of companies that care
about Internet and organizations don’t come up with a effective new model then
you know I think we will see a trend towards a more top-down government
control as in China as in Russia as in much of Africa you know we’ll see that
even in countries that have typically you know stuck up for a free inner you you

61 Comments

  1. DW News said:

    Are the days of free and open internet numbered?

    January 23, 2019
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  2. Israth Zahan said:

    China is the beach nation

    January 23, 2019
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  3. martin pillsbury said:

    xi is absolutely dictator who is ruining china variously,chinese living in orwellian society with huawei CCTV.but unfortunately tame chinese never knows the demonstration for their human rights.

    January 23, 2019
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  4. SUJIT SAGOO SAGOO said:

    BAN "MADE IN CHINA" PRODUCTS.

    January 23, 2019
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  5. Me AndMeToo said:

    That is what I mean when I say that I'm scared of China and the value carried.

    January 23, 2019
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  6. i HughmannTM said:

    we used to have an impact from the west …but now the impact is from the east ….

    January 23, 2019
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  7. Niko Zhou said:

    以英语为主要语言的互联网绝大部分中国人不感兴趣,懂英语的或者很感兴趣可以翻墙,中国政府既没有罚钱也没有拘留。在中国没有稳定所有的发展成果都会没有了,就又要被别人宰割和饿肚子了。

    January 23, 2019
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  8. Paul Tu said:

    Who listened merkel’s phone? Ask Snowton

    January 23, 2019
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  9. kchew1000 said:

    China minds its own business and doesn't go bombing others. What's your problem and the uncouth need to badmouth others? The humanitarian disasters that are still unfolding in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen etc need to be addressed and those responsible to pay for it. And who was responsible for it?

    January 23, 2019
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  10. XxXZz said:

    Oh like you guys were epitome of goodiness. Youtube, Paypal, twitter, fb block nationalist, alt-right channels. EU block the memes.

    Its easy to blame china for western media

    January 23, 2019
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  11. LJ said:

    That's shameless propaganda. Just show the evidence that Huawei exports technology for cencorship.
    That's worst journalism: experts believe this, experts believe that, blah bhla. I tell you what? I have my experts saying journalists like this are assholes.
    Why not give me one specific case that really proves China/Huawei is exporting censorship?!
    I will do you a favor by giving you a specific case to practice your research skills with: the National Security Agency and its lovely PRISM.

    January 23, 2019
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  12. 东皇太一 said:

    说的好像美国的互联网不是美军的一样

    January 23, 2019
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  13. Henry said:

    Google and facebook captures more than 70% of many countries' online ad revenue due to their superior algorithm. Soon, they can add AI (if they have not already) to further entrench their positions. This also means they have deeper insight into a country's population, than even the government. Meaning, the knowledge of the country's population reside in Silicon Valley, rather than Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi or other capitals. Such great power is dangerous, especially people of these nations do not vote for the executives of these companies. Add to that the danger of these companies corroborate closely with the US government. Cyber sovereignty is unavoidable.

    January 23, 2019
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  14. 漢仔 said:

    Crazy.People use internet to organise demonstrations , riots …blah.Is this good or bad for society? I don't see it as good.

    January 23, 2019
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  15. Charlie Waffles said:

    Exporting corruption… China SUCKS!

    January 23, 2019
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  16. 漢仔 said:

    A lot of mainland Chinese are watching your video.Irony, huh? We know all your propaganda!

    January 23, 2019
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  17. Lasno Haja said:

    For China : the global internet network could impact the consciousness of Chinese people (targets of the foreign agression interm of information warfare).The ultimate aim of information warfare is in effect regime chage.

    January 23, 2019
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  18. terry hollands said:

    This does not look good for the human race.

    January 23, 2019
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  19. Alex Zhao said:

    Even without network restrictions, foreigners still have too many prejudices, and the Internet does not help you really understand the world.Youtube Twitter something stuff dont mean everything in your life.

    January 23, 2019
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  20. cheryl taylor said:

    China doesn't destroy other Country's…..In the name of Freedom and Democracy

    January 23, 2019
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  21. cnordegren said:

    Support America and put more pressure on chinese. China leading the world is a very very bad idea.

    January 23, 2019
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  22. Hullo Pillow said:

    Nsa ????

    January 23, 2019
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  23. Thomas Wallace said:

    We use hate crime and wrong think legislation decided by politicians in the elite the sensor how are we that different unfortunately

    January 23, 2019
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  24. Bradley Wong said:

    Stop spreading so called democracy worldwide, it will ruin our country. Just look at how good democracy is in India. As a Chinese, we have such different views from the Westerners, you could not understand our core value comprehensively, and vise versa. Stop indoctrinating “ democracy” to us, maybe sounds crazy, but democracy requires highly civilized citizens.

    January 23, 2019
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  25. joseph polgar said:

    Yes China censor any idea that is not agree with its oppressive communist ideology, down with China!

    January 23, 2019
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  26. synthesis 101 said:

    = its all about CONTROL – physical – intellectual – emotional – spiritual ///// BUT it wont happen into higher consciousness non spatial realities … that's where the original power is }

    January 23, 2019
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  27. Sitohas Wang said:

    see the comments here, Chinese Internet Army is every where.

    January 23, 2019
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  28. Unified Theory of Life said:

    If we don't stop fake news German and Chinese censorship will take over! We have to censor the Internet ourselves before the Chinese and Germans come and do it for us.

    January 23, 2019
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  29. lutheroify said:

    加油China! The internet MUST be policed as we do with your streets for public safety.

    January 23, 2019
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  30. Charles Hamilton said:

    A helpful hint DW News: Actually hire someone who has basic knowledge of English grammar; e.g., “Is China’s censored internet winning?” Yikes.

    January 23, 2019
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  31. 袁启迪 said:

    美国理由互联网造成了阿拉伯之春,现在他们打了7年内战,死了多少人,美国心里没有一点b数么?

    January 24, 2019
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  32. Gustavo Brandao said:

    There is no Communism, Democracy, Socialism, Capitalism….. ONLY POWER OVER YOU….. SO JUST OBEY….. lol…lol….

    January 24, 2019
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  33. Ova Wolf said:

    It worse then you think even the USA is censoring the internet.

    January 24, 2019
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  34. OceanBlue said:

    China is the biggest danger to western democracy, not Russia!… The West needs to bring Russia aboard to fight against this spread of Chinese style of communism!

    January 24, 2019
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  35. Muhammad Abd Al-Rauf said:

    America and its culture is cancer. World need new ideas now

    January 24, 2019
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  36. MT said:

    China has a much better internet. Facebook just makes you angry and sad. Its all virtue signaling and witch-hunts. Chinese social media makes you relaxed and enjoy it. Communication has to have a cost or else it will be ruled by demagogues. Open debate worked because there was gate keepers but now there are none. Speech should be ruled under meritocracy.

    January 24, 2019
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  37. P M said:

    There was no legitimate information in this video

    January 24, 2019
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  38. P M said:

    China doesn't censor its own Internet… It uses forign companies software

    January 24, 2019
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  39. bg24955 said:

    Just read today’s CNBC news. China accounts for 56% of global online retail sales, US only 18%. You are telling me China has too much control.

    January 24, 2019
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  40. Roy Chang said:

    Sounds like fake news, many accusations but no proves.
    DW is more and more like BBC.

    January 24, 2019
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  41. Richard Garza said:

    To ask such a question, one knows that gernmany's censorship works wonders.

    January 24, 2019
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  42. Mama said:

    The wire…
    Zarkhand news

    January 25, 2019
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  43. Chris S. said:

    Free internet means free access of info for guys like Snowdon.

    January 25, 2019
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  44. John Smith said:

    China never said it was no longer communist.
    It's just Chairman Mao in a western business suit and tie.

    January 25, 2019
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  45. John Smith said:

    THE GREAT FIREWALL OF CHINA.

    January 25, 2019
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  46. Aman Sharma said:

    China is admirable. Haters and liberals can fuck off. At least they removed poverty look at India to compare.

    January 25, 2019
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  47. Yaoguang Wang said:

    Do you think that controlling 1.3 billion people is easy? And this is one of China's measures to protect its inner peace,you guys shouldn't make comments without thinking

    January 25, 2019
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  48. Doyin Badmos said:

    Imagine billions of Chinese internet user commenting and posting happenings. your Government will loose it. China Firewall is in place to save you from Chinese's influence.

    January 25, 2019
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  49. WMD said:

    The so-called democratic countries in West are spying on their own citizens as china does. So, stop your hypocrisy.

    January 26, 2019
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  50. Andrew Love said:

    The Chinese are the Borg.

    January 27, 2019
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  51. Count Rufus said:

    Like the European union

    January 28, 2019
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  52. H Paul said:

    Check out United States involvement in regime change

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_involvement_in_regime_change

    January 28, 2019
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  53. blackdreamhunk2 said:

    the Internet isn't for human enlightenment or sharing information it i is about surveillance.

    January 29, 2019
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  54. Aryan Sultan Khan said:

    The fear that the rise of Russia and China would be dangerous for world peace and freedom isn't just paranoia, it's real. I'm not arguing that the west is great but when it comes to freedom and democracy, clearly West wins the game. Russia and China are real threats.

    February 2, 2019
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  55. Ray Bod said:

    Censorship will ultimately destroy China's ability to innovate. Everyone will be afraid to think outside of acceptable thought.

    February 9, 2019
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  56. andtam008 said:

    China's firewall is just a precautionary measure by the government. All the users can use VPN. Does the Chinese government know about VPN? Of course. But it doesn't take any action against VPN. Why? What kind of censorship is that?

    February 18, 2019
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  57. Francisco Kondor said:

    my favorite comment [sarcasm] on the comments here is how china needs the internet to be censored to control its people. thats honestly the definition of its government: control. secondly, its stupid and an insult to chinese people when they say that chinese can't have democracy. i have lived in china for years and i see no reason why chinese are incapable of making informed decisions themselves and being allowed to see both sides of the argument before choosing a side. those who prefer the current system are in essence saying that chinese people are inferior and not intelligent enough to control their own destiny compared to other asian democracies like R.o. Korea, Japan and Taiwan [and HK for that matter]. Again, I don't believe they are less capable.

    March 15, 2019
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  58. Xi Jinpingpong said:

    China bans Google. US bans Hua Wei.

    May 8, 2019
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  59. 3DManShadowland said:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydPqKhgh9Mg AI replacing people, and cloning technologies to include cloning people already done and ongoing…

    June 8, 2019
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  60. Alkaid said:

    This is so FUCKED UP

    July 15, 2019
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  61. Ching Yeung said:

    big brother is watching u~
    controlling the freedom and people thinking~ over half news from 中共are fake~

    September 5, 2019
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