Q: Many U.S. technology companies, including Facebook, Google and Twitter, have recently expressed their concerns about Hong Kong’s privacy regulations through the Asia Internet Consortium, and there are even rumors that they may consider pulling out of Hong Kong. Although it may not be implemented in the short term, but if the three giants are withdrawn from the operation of Hong Kong, does it have any impact on the wall?
Li Jianjun: From the perspective of walling, if Google withdraws from Hong Kong due to the amendment of Hong Kong privacy regulations, it will have the biggest impact on walling. Although unknown when Hong Kong will be closed, but now many people because of the Hong Kong host and China connection speed is fast enough, will still use Google cloud services in Hong Kong host to build a wall host, and some cloud services, have rented Google Hong Kong host to provide services, Apple’s iCloud is the main customer Google cloud services, and Apple ID services in Hong Kong, but also temporarily will not be integrated into the cloud by The Apple ID service in Hong Kong will not be integrated with the Chinese version of iCloud service controlled by Guizhou for the time being. Therefore, if Google withdraws from the Hong Kong business, the cancellation of cloud services in Hong Kong, the impact on the wall is quite large. YouTube may be slowed down in Hong Kong, or China due to Google’s withdrawal.
As for Facebook, since Facebook does not provide data center services to third-party companies, its impact mainly lies in whether the cancellation of the data center in Hong Kong, and will affect the speed of the wall through the Hong Kong IP. As for Twitter, because Hong Kong Twitter is not as strong as the popularity of Facebook, so Twitter even if you do not indicate the establishment of a branch in Hong Kong, in fact, respectively, will not be too big. Twitter in Asia, in addition to China, the largest market is actually in Japan, because Twitter in Japan at the beginning of the popular data network, its user interface is relatively simple, has established a large user base, the situation is similar to the United States.
Q: Hong Kong’s new privacy regulations, in addition to the possibility of triggering companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter to leave the Hong Kong market, will there be a legal threat to those who set up wall-scrolling hosts?
If someone uses your host to climb the wall to Hong Kong and then, as in the case of the vile Wiki, publishes the private information of Xi Jinping and other Chinese Communist Party, government and military leaders, and then Beijing directs the Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner’s Office to investigate the host owner, and then finds out that the host is actually owned by a Chinese Internet user and used for climbing the wall, the Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner’s Office will hand over the information to the Chinese authorities, which could at any time cause the host owner to be in serious trouble. The Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner’s Office will hand over the information to the Chinese authorities, which may cause the host owner to get into serious trouble at any time. Therefore, as soon as the new Hong Kong law is passed, you should avoid making your Hong Kong wall host available to the public, instead, you should restrict it to your friends only, and make sure to remind your friends not to “break the news” through the host in question to avoid the Chinese authorities taking advantage of it. To a certain extent, the value of the Hong Kong IP wall will be further weakened. It is only a matter of time before the wall hosts are moved to Taiwan or Japan.
Q: Recently, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and the new Secretary for Security Tang Ping-keung have reflected that the Hong Kong government intends to strengthen the monitoring of the network, in addition to the Lien Den discussion forum, there may be some new policies, and how should listeners who want to climb the wall, and how should they respond?
Li Jianjun: by the Hong Kong prepaid card implementation of the real name policy, Hong Kong has a great opportunity to rent cloud hosting are implemented when the real name system. If you have such anonymous prepaid cards to pay for cloud hosting, it is not easy to know the actual owner of the host, but if the Chinese authorities push the real-name system, you will probably not be able to continue to operate the host in an anonymous way, in other words, whether the new privacy regulations, or hosts to rent a real-name system, the result is to force you to give up in Hong Kong to set up The wall host, switch to use other countries host. Therefore, the current use of Hong Kong hosting wall listeners, if your Hong Kong hosting is owned by you, you should deploy the host to move to other countries.
Hong Kong is always at risk of blocking the network, and the legal risk of setting up wall-flipping hosts in Hong Kong is getting higher and higher. The Hong Kong National Security Law alone may not make wall-flipping hosts disappear, but if the Hong Kong National Security Law is coupled with other policies to abolish anonymity, this will be a different matter. If China’s current policy toward Hong Kong remains unchanged, Hong Kong will soon, like other Chinese cities, become a place where walls are to be turned, rather than a place where wall hosts are set up.