China Shows Tech Companies Collude with Big Brother

Tech companies collude with police states, whether it is Apple dealing with China or Facebook cooperating with globalist propaganda.

If tech companies collude with totalitarian governments overseas, why should we trust them to deal any differently with the NSA? A recent New York Times article reports that Apple removed services that would have helped residents in China to evade the government monitoring of the internet. It seems that the reason government favor big corporations over small businesses is that they are easier to control.

Between having tech companies collude against our privacy and manipulate our speech, they represent a real threat.

The New York Times reports, “Apple Removes Apps from China Store That Help Internet Users Evade Censorship.

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China appears to have received help on Saturday from an unlikely source in its fight against tools that help users evade its Great Firewall of internet censorship: Apple.

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A search on Saturday showed that a number of the most popular foreign virtual-private networks, also known as VPNs, which give users access to the unfiltered internet in China, were no longer accessible on the company’s app store there.

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The removals signal a new push by China to control the internet. In the past, the Great Firewall has used technology to disrupt VPNs, and Beijing has shut down Chinese VPNs and even aimed a huge cyberattack at a well-known foreign site hosting code that circumvented the filters.

But they also mark the first time China has successfully used its influence with a major foreign tech platform, like Apple, to push back against the software makers.

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Greater China is Apple’s largest market outside the United States. That has left the company more vulnerable than almost any other American technology firm to a Chinese campaign to wean itself off foreign technology and tighten control over foreign tech companies operating there.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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