The Chinese government has announced that all telecommunications service providers will block the access of all individuals to private virtual networks by 1 February 2018, thus limiting access to the global Internet, Bloomberg said.
A virtual private network will extend a private network over a public network, such as the Internet.
The VPN allows a computer or a network-connected device to send and receive data over public or shared networks as if it were connected to the private network while benefiting from the functionality, security, and public network policies.
According to Bloomberg, Beijing has ordered state-owned all telecommunication companies to prevent users from using VPNs, networks used by most Chinese who want to avoid authorities from censoring the roaming web traffic abroad.
The security measure will close one of the main ways that people, both native and foreign, manage to access global “unfiltered” sites daily.
China has one of the most restrictive internet regimes in the world, strictly supervised by a number of government authorities that intend to remove different opinions to maintain social stability.
According to President Xi Jinping’s the “sovereignty of cybernetic” campaign seems to create some holes around the Great Firewall, a system meant to block information from Twitter, Facebook, or news sites such as the New York Times.