China clamps down on online news with new security rules

Daily News Article - May 16, 2017

Questions

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1. Define the following words as used in the article:

2. a) Describe the new rules China’s CAC is implementing. Be specific.
b) When will the rules take effect?

3. What is the CAC?

4. What led to the new rules?

5. What are the consequences of ignoring the new rules?

6. What is the aim of the new rules, according to Chinese media expert Qiao Mu?

7. What is the Communist government’s Great Firewall? What does it do?

8. CFR .org notes:

“The Chinese government has long kept tight reins on both traditional and new media to avoid potential subversion of its authority. Its tactics often entail strict media controls using monitoring systems and firewalls, shuttering publications or websites, and jailing dissident journalists, bloggers, and activists.”

The AP reported the following observation from Xiao Qiang, director of the China Internet Project at the University of California at Berkeley:

But the [new internet] rules also reveal rising anxiety among [China’s communist party] rulers over a “digital activism” that is driving change across Chinese society… Those worries have been heightened…by the sudden rise in popularity of quasi-autonomous services such as WeChat, which has become ubiquitous in some major cities. “There are millions of Chinese citizens capable of circumventing the Great Firewall,…that has left leaders fearful of losing control of online media, which plays an essential role of shaping public minds in China today.

China has a population of 1.371 billion people. With “millions of Chinese citizens capable of circumventing the Great Firewall” do you think China’s communist government will “lose control of online media, which plays an essential role of shaping public minds in China today"? Explain your answer.