Chinese Ramp Up Internet Controls

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Jul 14, 2017

State-operated ISPs ordered to block VPN services by early next year

According to reports from the Bloomberg business news service, the Chinese government has ramped up its restrictive moves to control of the internet, directing state-operated telecomm companies to institute blocks on VPN services by February 1 2018.

The move follows a general crackdown on internet enforcement announced earlier this year by the government (see previous InfoPowa reports), and could impact up to 3 percent of China’s massive internet user base who use the technology to bypass restrictions (including those targeting gambling) on internet use.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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