China’s Online Content Restriction Policies: Is Blockchain Technology the Only Way Out?
The communist Chinese society has been a huge barrier to freedom of information access for Chinese residents. This has become a major problem, especially in the 21st century when information is mainly accessed through the internet.
As a matter of fact, China is out to stop any technological advancement that is facilitated by American products because of the ongoing U.S-China trade war. As a result, China has created its own version of the internet with very limited content, thus reducing Chinese people’s access to the readily available information on the internet.
This poses a problem to the populace as the world tends towards a digital direction in which almost everything is online. For instance, major social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and the likes have been banned in China. This is driven mainly by the fact that most of these platforms are backed by American culture which the Chinese government is working hard to eliminate.
For those who may wish to access such platforms, the use of a VPN service is the next available option, but this also denies access to the “Chinese version” of the internet until one turns it off. This means VPN users can only view one internet type at a time, the limited Chinese version or the full internet that the rest of the world enjoys.
It doesn’t stop there though. The Chinese government has also stopped access to VPN in the country i.e one cannot install a VPN while in China, thus worsening the already complicated situation. This is an unfortunate development that is likely to leave the Chinese behind in the global digital movement that is coming.
However, there could be an answer. Through blockchain technology which uses decentralization as its main feature, central control of information access such as is found in China can be taken care of the citizens can access digital information like anyone in any other part of the world.
This is what blockchain companies such as Tron are working towards actualizing to bring decentralized information access to reality. Although blockchain technology is still at the initial stage of development, decentralized information access on the internet is a target goal that developers are working towards achieving.
For now, more restrictions may be expected in China as the government is looking to ban products such as Microsoft in the country such that windows operating systems, as well as Apple products, cannot be used. Unless China develops products to replace these, the Chinese will be seeing far worse days and could be completely shut out of the technological world in the coming years.