China bans VPNs. More regulations in place and expected to come.

China bans VPNsChina’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced mass Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) would be shut down in the country. The ministry mentioned that “China’s internet connection service market has signs of ­disordered development that ­require urgent regulation and governance”. This move will make it even harder for internet users to go through the Great Firewall. The new regulations make it illegal to have a local VPN without government approval, thus all VPNs that operate inside the country must have a license. The new ban on VPNs will be in place until March, 2018 and is intended to “clean up” and strengthen the cyberspace.

China is one of the top countries for cyberspace sovereignty. VPNs allow users to send and receive data much faster through servers that “hide” user’s location. China blocks global websites such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, as a result a lot of internet users were using VPNs to access the blocked sites. Some users expressed fear of losing contact with the outside world without VPN access. The previous ban on VPNs took place in March, 2016 which put many VPNs out of service for more than a week. One of the reasons for placing more cyberspace regulations could be the preparation to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Beijing, where new party leadership will be elected.

In response to the previous reduction in VPN and CDN services in China, Web Presence in China (WPIC) developed a multi-node component load-time tester to help global organizations understand how their own websites loaded (or didn’t load) in China, as well as their competitive set. Further to this, WPIC built out a managed hosting division to ease the barriers to entry for global brands to be accessible online in China.

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