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In-Conversation: The Great Firewall of China

By Elise Thomas

Elise Thomas of ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre speaks with James Griffiths, author of ‘The Great Firewall of China’.

China’s ‘Great Firewall’ has evolved into the most sophisticated system of online censorship in the world. As the Chinese internet grows and online businesses thrive, speech is controlled, dissent quashed, and attempts to organise outside the official Communist Party are quickly stamped out.

But the effects of the Great Firewall are not confined to China itself. As distortion, post-truth and fake news become old news, Griffiths shows just how far the Great Firewall has spread, actively exporting its technology to Russia, Africa and Asia.