Monday, May 24, 2010

Dissidents under the Internet censorship

Internet provides a great opportunity for dissidents to communicate with each other in China. It is reported that more and more troublemakers such as Falungong practitioners, Tibetan activists tend to gather banned information and organize illegal activities through online networks. Moreover, the rapid development of Internet brings the support from overseas activists and non-governmental organizations to domestic dissidents.

No doubt, these anti-government groups have seriously threatened the prosperity of the country. Internet has become a new tool that could help them to break through current legal system. Furthermore, the spread of online communication would increase the difficulty that Chinese Communist Party controls the trend of public opinion. It is almost impossible for Internet police to monitor the large number of Internet users; dissidents are easy to distribute the unhealthy information without the notice of authorities. For example, current firewall could not prevent the appearance of spamming.

Therefore, it is necessary for Chinese government to take strong authoritarian measures to maintain a stable Communist regime. Especially in terms of Internet, the State has to take responsibility to improve the censorship system to ensure the online security; Internet should be regarded as an essential way for the government to monitor and repress the illegal activities.

The high-tech solution may be effective for the State to manage the cyberspace. Instead of traditional measures such as surveillance, the government could enhance the investment on the project of hacking or disinformation, which may destroy the process of unauthorized communication in the cyberspace and give a serious warning to those troublemakers. Without the base of modern technology, it is challenging for censorship system to mitigate the threats from dissidents.

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