Why the US Should Tear Down China’s Great Firewall

Created: 2013-02-18 17:41 EST

Category: China > China Focus

The Great Firewall—a nickname for part of China’s Golden Shield Project—is designed to monitor and control China’s 500 million Internet users. As a result, China’s Internet is full of censorship, and effectively cut off from the rest of the world. But it’s also full of hackers, some of whom may be linked to the Chinese military.

Our guests today argue that  China’s Internet censorship and hacking are closely linked. Both are a result of Chinese authorities’ quest for information control. And they say the best way for the US government to deal with the ongoing wave of cyber espionage attempts from China is to go on the offensive—by helping to dismantle the Great Firewall.