Run, don’t walk, from China’s Big Brother law

China’s National People’s Congress has drafted a second version of a controversial cybersecurity law. It would bring a great deal of censorship for both foreign and domestic citizens and businesses, whether they use the cloud or not.

China is a wasteland for the modern internet. Websites like Facebook and Google are blocked. Moreover, web traffic is monitored and censored by the government. It’s Big Brother for real.

The latest draft of the law aims to require any site operator, whether foreign or domestic, to comply with the “social morals” of China. Moreover, they must accept government censorship.

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Cloud wars: China’s deep-pocketed Alibaba takes on AWS

China’s Alibaba Group Holding last week said it would invest $ 1 billion into its Aliyun cloud computing arm to challenge Amazon Web Services. This move kicks off what could become a global battle between the two e-commerce giants. Also, it could change the dynamics in the cloud market now dominated by AWS, Google, IBM, and Microsoft.

A billon dollars is not chump change, but it’s not a game-changing amount, either. For example, last year IBM invested $ 1.2 billion to significantly expand its global cloud footprint. IBM already had a good head start in the cloud when it tossed in that $ 1.2 billion, yet that investment is unlikely to catch IBM up to AWS.

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