Chinese government has unpleasant relationship with its internet users.
It seems like most things that Chinese government does for its people when it comes to internet technology, the masses are suspicious. The Chinese government has recently assured its citizens in Beijing that the WiFi free network that is about to launch will be safe. The new network is supported by three of the national telecom giants and it is due to open in the coming month.
According to a report published in China Daily, the state run newspaper, the new network called “My Beijing”, is being worried about by the citizen. The network will be free for the initial first years in its pilot phase. The users need to authenticate by providing their mobile numbers. For this very reason, people are suspicious that this might be another way applied by the government to enter and check in on their personal data. With this, the government can check on a user’s web browsing history and other online activities.
The users are also worried about their mobile numbers being sold to spammers and other advertising agencies. They don’t want to have to face any of these troubles. Hence, even though the program sounds really nice in theory, the citizens are not happy about in practically. Besides, the service is free for now, but what about later.
It might make people pay a lot more money once they start using it, which is again something that a user does not want. The project will have 90,000 wireless access points being deployed so cover for the network that will make 60% of Beijing. The plan is also to expand on it.