Gmail Blocked in China

It looks like the Chinese government decided to bloke the ability of people in this country to gain access to Google’s email service. This decision is based on the regulation to restrain foreign Internet services. The Gmail blocking began last month and has led to frustration and anger among the Chinese people that have used the Google’s email service. The data from the giant company shows traffic to email service dropping to zero from Chinese servers.

After this decision, several individuals will not be able to access any longer their personal emails. Also, many foreign companies used Gmail as their corporate email service, so this will represent bad news for a series of businesses.

These companies will have to make sure that their employees have other virtual private networks or software known as VPNs to access Gmail. With this kind of software, users will be allowed to bypass the Chinese Internet censorship controls also known as the Great Firewall. However, the authorities started to inhibit the software.

Several peoples in China noticed that this new blocking method affected their tablets, computers and phones, preventing them from downloading emails from Gmail accounts if they did not have VPN software switched on.

It is well-known that Google has been a target of the Chinese government. A series of official publications have cited Google as being a component of a Western conspiracy to undermine China. The Chinese government had blocked access to other Google websites, including the Gmail website, around the 25th anniversary of the June 4, 1989. After this decision, a protest has been held in Tiananmen Square. Badu, a popular search engine from this region has benefit from the crackdown on Google.

On Monday, foreign Internet users in China, including Chinese people, have expressed their frustration at the government’s new blocking measures. Yuan Shengang, the chief executive of Netentsec, a Beijing-based cybersecurity company, declared in an interview that: “They shouldn’t have blocked Google or Gmail; it’s against the spirit of the Internet.” Also, Luo Zhiqiu, a lecturer in English at Nanjing University, claimed that “it’s a critical moment for many students who are currently applying for overseas universities,” “Their contact emails are Gmail.”

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