Monday, July 31, 2017

翻墙软件: Plugging Holes in the #GreatFirewall #Apple

Staying Busy (original photo: Xinhua)


The latest attempt by China to bring free communication over the internet to heel is the long-awaited ban on VPNs, and Apple is now taking heat for removing VPN apps from its Chinese iteration of the App Store. Given the nature of internet technology there will likely still be workarounds. As Russia follows suit, China's move may prove to be an unsettlingly popular precedent




"Making sense out of Apple's VPN pullout in China,"Khaleej Times 30 July

The ban is squarely aimed at individuals, and corporate institutions will still have access. "Killing that privilege off would be akin to giving a gut punch to business" (link)

"‘IT’S A GAME OF WHACK-A-MOLE’: OVERSEAS VPN SERVICE PROVIDERS GAIN AS CHINA TIGHTENS CONTROL ON INTERNET USE," South China Morning Post 29 July

Orders for offshore VPNs have skyrocketed. As the number of Chinese net users continues to grow, so will VPN use despite ban (link)

"Apple’s capitulation to China’s VPN crack-down will return to haunt it at home," TechCrunch 30 July

In complying with China's request to remove VPNs from its App Store Apple has handed Beijing and other despots a powerful precedent - possibly at the expense of market share in China and elsewhere as well (link)

"Apple sets course for China policy minefield,"Reuters Breakingviews 31 July

As the company builds a corporate presence while moving into the online service market in China, it faces the same hazards that ultimately pushed out Facebook and others (link)

"Apple's VPN Ban In China Is Not The End Of The World," China Tech News 31 July

Really, all you have to do is enter the certificate details yourself. Or maybe switch to Android (link)

Plus: ADVChina: VPN ban will drive foreigners from China

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