Transdisciplinary Design

China’s Digital Age

Posted on October 26, 2018 | posted by: yiliw252

Nowadays people are discussing the era of big data, which makes people’s lives more convenient and also makes people worry about the invasion of privacy caused by economic-oriented information collection. However, the situation in China is not the same, so I think China’s information age is unique. For the issue of information security, the government is more willing to use the method of cutting off the connection, just like removing the influencing factors from the system and maintaining the smooth operation of the system. The impact of this approach is either good or bad. We cannot define it. It is only discussed as a way to intervene in the system. It allows us to see a different picture in the information age.

Anti-surveillance
People in the country are forbidden to use the external network – to remove the negative impact of foreign information exchange.
Everyone knows that Apple and Google monitor the user’s data, so Google’s products and most foreign websites are banned in China; high-level officials and senior leaders in China are not allowed to use Apple phones. Android users are also not able to download applications from the official website. This is an anti-monitoring strategy to ensure the security of national information. It is advantageous for national information security considerations. However, at the same time, the channel for obtaining information is cut off, which brings much inconvenience to people who need information circulation. For example, some people who do research cannot retrieve data and messages from the external network, and external communication is also very difficult. At the same time, the news was also monopolized by the official media. We can only see that it is allowed to be seen, and many news are not available.

Internal information blocking and monitoring
Some of the comments and news that are thought to affect the high-level image or with potentially dangerous factors have been cleaned up by blocking the network, to maintain the stability of the overall situation. This practice does avoid many social riots, but it also isolates the possibility of solving problems. Therefore, as the influence of the media expands, many social events are developing drastically, but the speed of disappearing even faster. As a result, many of the truths that were revealed were shocking, after the unreasonable events spread, everyone thought that these problems needed to be solved. At this time, blocking information and creating more irrelevant hot events shifted the attention of the people, causing many problems to become hot spots only after being uncovered, and the solution of the problem is far away. One point to mention is that China does not have the and the. What does it mean? If they do not define what is free, then everything will be calculated by the power, and the government has absolute ability to control news and public opinion.

N the one hand, the government warns people that the foreign network and software are monitoring them, and the other side is to monitor the people Justifiably. Both business and government monitor personal privacy. It seems that there are more opportunities to express themselves superficially, in fact, they are gradually losing their voice. Regarding the internet has become an essential means for the government to regulate public opinion, does the network have no real name system? Are people free to express their views? Apparently not, everyone’s information exchange is monitored by the government, and sometimes even arrested for some content in private conversations in social media, although sometimes it is just a matter of personal political opinion. For the general public, social media has always been a medium for shaping our worldview and identity. If some of the remarks are not correct, you are being ‘cleared’. Just like dealing with social hotspots, people can “disappear” overnight. In that way, the information age does not seem to bring more voices and opinions.

Therefore, under this system intervention mode, China’s different information era has been created. There is no way to define right or wrong in this kind of intervention because I cannot see the top-level system as an“ underlying ant”, and the top-level rulers cannot know how the all “underlying ants” will deal with the rules.