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China’s Internet Administration Has Its Own Anthem. Why Not American Agencies?

Some ideas for American federal agency anthems in light of China’s new operatic ode to its internet regulatory administration

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China’s online censorship and cyber-security protocols – known commonly as the “Great Firewall” – are known for being among the strictest, and most far-reaching, in the whole of cyberspace. The degree to which China controls what its citizens do and don’t see online is equal parts technologically impressive and alarmingly worrisome for anyone who believes in the free flow of ideas and communication. The Chinese government, of course, is very proud of their internet censorship program – so much so that they’ve created a operatic theme to celebrate their accomplishments. Yes, a soaring anthem for internet censorship:

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How A “Grass Mud Horse” Leapt Over China’s Great Internet Firewall

China’s imaginary animal that’s actually both a filthy play on words, and a symbol of internet freedom

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The barrier surrounding China’s state-run internet services is the stuff of legend: A multi-layered “great firewall” designed to exert near-total control over what goes in, and out, of that country’s computer networks. While China credits its restrictions on internet giants like Google and Twitter as having created the necessary vacuum in which that country’s own crop of tech juggernauts—web portals like Alibaba, and Baidu—could grow into the market successes they are today, the cumulative effect of China’s “great firewall” is that digital information is policed on a scale unlike anywhere else on Earth.

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