I found this article interesting since it relates to a prior discussion the class had about an organization’s data when having an international site in China. Even though China is the world’s second largest economy, a lot of things are becoming less free regarding digital communication. The country’s regulators are becoming more aggressive on what more than 750 million users can and cannot do online. This year, the country has become quite strict on the most popular video-streaming websites, cracked down on their VPNs, removed foreign TV shows from online platforms, required users to register to online forums with their real names and introduced laws that hold chat group admins accountable for what is being said in their spaces. Additionally, the new laws require online news websites to be overseen by the government. China internet users have expressed frustration towards these changes. A student from the mainland relied on VPNs to connect to the outside world. Another stated they utilized VPNs to allow them access to YouTube and other reference websites that helped them with their class work. I could not imagine the government pretty much controlling my every move on the internet. Like the one student from China explained, she used a lot of outside sites to help with course work as a lot of people do around the world. China seems to be taking the control to the next extreme, which based off feedback is hurting more than helping. I could never imagine not having access to Google at any point which is a source a majority of the people rely on to find websites and get questions answered.