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China Without Great Firewall: What It Would Happen?

Updated on July 11, 2017
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Did You Know That...

Great Firewall works because of a huge hardware apparatus. Many of the equipment is realized by the most famous brands in the world of networking systems, for example Cisco Systems.

Great Firewall is actually the name we are used to call the big apparatus made by the Chinese government, with cooperation of local ISPs, in order to block access to specific categories of websites inside China. It is actually one of the most efficient and hard censorship systems in the world, as Chinese people are completely kept away from many popular website we would probably not live without them: Google, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp… they are just some of the various services Chinese people are not able to enjoy, so that we cannot communicate with them on popular social networks, unless we join their local websites (there are actually Chinese alternatives to every website we use, from social networks to the popular Baidu search engine). A little question may be asked when considering one of the most crowded countries in the world: what would happen if Great Firewall suddenly ceases to exist?

Many new earnings for Google, Facebook and other corporations

If Chinese people would be allowed to access Facebook and Google for the first time after years and years of censorship, you should expect many of them will try to join all the networks used all around the world: when talking about a really crowded country like China, this would result in a massive and relevant presence of new accounts on Facebook and Google. This results in a probable shocking increase of earnings for these big corporations, as there will be new companies willing to spend money in advertisement and new users ready to click on ads… Consequences may be really relevant and may completely change economy of these big corporations, when talking about such a big country like China.

Risks for local Chinese websites

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Chinese people would probably love to be part of a global world without being limited to their country. If they start using Google and Facebook, they would probably have no reason to use local websites anymore, so that the companies behind these last ones would be obliged to innovate themselves in order to globalize themselves, so that people (maybe of every part of the world) have a reason to stay there. This fact could be considered a challenge for these companies to compete just with the American giants and form a new sort of "Chinese Silicon Valley".

An even more globalized world

Being in touch with Chinese people means having more opportunities to know new people. For international people speaking many languages it means new opportunities of friendships and working collaborations. Moreover, as Chinese people are one of the most predominant population in the world, being them more integrated with the other countries means more benefits for everyone: just imagine how populated is Facebook right now: having also Chinese people joining the social network means having an even more populated platform... something we are hardly to imagine, as we already consider Facebook as a giant.

© 2017 Alessio Ganci


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