Beijing is to get its own internet firewall within the national firewall in time for the 19th Party Congress, according to a report in the Beijing Daily.

China’s national internet security system, dubbed “the Great Firewall”, is the world’s largest apparatus for internet control, but it might not be enough. There are calls to build a “moat” as a line of defense in Beijing as part of preparations to make sure everything runs smoothly for the 19th Party Congress to be held in the capital next month.

As reported by the Beijing Daily (the Party newspaper serving Beijing), there was a meeting of the city’s cadres on September 26 to discuss preparations. Party secretary for Beijing (head of the local branch of the Communist Party), Cai Qi, listed a great many areas of security including ensuring food safety, production safety, smooth traffic flow and general security inspections.

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Frank Hersey is a Beijing-based tech reporter who's been coming to China since 2001. He tries to go beyond the headlines to explain the context and impact of developments in China's tech sector. Get in...