China Increases Internet Censorship

The Chinese government has launched a new effort to censor the internet focusing on virtual private networks. Preventing access to blocked online gambling sites is included in the effort.

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The Chinese government has launched a new effort to block unauthorized internet sites, particularly those using virtual private network services.

VPNs have been shown to be able to get around the country’s site blocks and allow users to access blacklisted sites, including online gambling sites.

According to a notice posted on the website of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the campaign is aimed at internet service providers, internet data centers and content delivery networks companies and will be in effect until March 31, 2018.

“China’s internet connection service market … has signs of disordered development that require urgent regulation and governance,” the notice said.

Online gambling websites are just one type of website blocked by China which has also blocked sites such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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