Monday, January 25, 2010

Internet Censorship in China is Politically Motivated and it May Reduce Growth of E-commerce and M-commerce.

Denial of Chinese Govt. of cyber attacks on Google reflects Irresponsible behavior towards internet regulation. On 25th January, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology rejected claims that the state had anything to do with the attacks on Google and at least 33 other companies.The spokesman not mentioned any thing regarding the attacks on Indian PMO office computers that was also attacked by Chines hackers on the same day. As it is already proved by Google that the attacks targeted the email accounts of Chinese human rights activists and the subsequent investigations also showed that the accounts of dozens of activists in the US, China, Europe and India's PMO office "have been routinely targeted by hackers from China.

 The Chinese government instead of investigating the case and catching the culprits simply denying the involvement looks very casual and irresponsible behaviour towards proper regulation of internet.That is must in the popping up boundary of Internet due to globalization.China has also restricted free access to information that is violation of the basic rights of netizens. Even the censorship will hamper the growth of e-commerce & m-commerce in China itself. Countries that censor news and information must recognize that from an economic standpoint, there is no distinction between censoring political speech and commercial speech.

There is no doubt that If businesses in any country are denied access to either type of information, it will inevitably reduce growth.Last week, however, China reiterated that Google and other foreign outfits must obey local law. That same day, Google postponed the launch of two Android phones in the country.

Hope the China will do some introspection by realising the importance of cyberregulation and control the baviour of unregulated army of 3 lakh hackers negatively playing with Interest of foreign establishments by staying in china.

Dr.Tabrez Ahmad,
Associate Professor of Law,
KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India,
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