For those who doubted the importance of China’s emergence on the Internet scene, the past week has shown that the country is getting its act together when it comes to make use (and abuse) of the electronic media.
It all started with the announcement that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had set up a cyber blue team to detect and fight back against cyber-attacks. Almost at the same time came the banning of social media for PLA soldiers – no blogs, no RenRen account for the 2.3 million soldiers. In an ironic twist the week ended with Google uncovering a phishing campaign originating from the Chinese Jinan Province that targeted goernement officials in the USA and other Asian countries.
As Facebook contemplates entering the Chinese market, strategic choices seem to be de rigueur.