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China Accelerates Crackdown on Internet Freedom

The last several months have seen a crackdown by the Chinese government against the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) that allow citizens to access content outside of China’s “Great Firewall.” Hacker News reports that, in the latest measure, the Chinese government has told Internet service providers that their customers could no longer have any kind of alias accounts, and that any kind of comment posted online would include the commenter’s real name and other personal info. There is also a long list of new online crimes that commenters can be penalized for, including opposing the basic principles in the Constitution, endangering national security, damaging the nation’s honor, inciting national hatred, promoting cults, spreading rumors, disrupting the social order, spreading pornography, gambling, violence, and posting any other content that is prohibited by laws or administrative regulations. —AK

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