China introduces new internet controls | Asia Pacific

China introduces new internet controls

China introduces new internet controls

Updated 28 December 2012, 22:57 AEDT

China's well-known for its formidable controls on the flow of information over the internet, but it's ratcheting those controls up even further.

Last week there was criticism from businesses in and outside China, over what they say is the targeting of virtual private networks or VPNs by the 'Great Firewall of China' - the country's system of online limits and restrictions.

VPNs used to enable internet users in China to access blocked websites like Facebook and Twitter, by going through proxy services outside the country. The new measure has slowed or blocked services like Google Drive, which some companies rely on to store and share documents.

Another new control was announced today - a requirement that internet users register their real names with service providers.

Presenter: Corinne Podger

Speaker: Charlie Custer, editor, Tech in Asia.Com

Topics:

Contact the studio

Got something to say about what you're hearing on the radio right now?

Text/SMS
Send your texts to +61 427 72 72 72

Tweets
Add the hashtag #raonair to add your tweets to the conversation.

Email
Email us your thoughts on an issue. Messages may be used on air.