For a long time, a certain application did not provoke such a response as Clubhouse has in recent weeks. The application is currently blocked in China. However, it seems that the Chinese government simply could not control it.
From Shanghai to Silicon Valley
It’s about company (Agora) with Shanghai, but it built its base in Silicon Valley. And as other events have shown, the Chinese government has not been able to fully control the transmission within this social network. And so she blocked her. Therefore, many questions arose about the real safety of the Clubhouse.
The network itself is actually an audio space where debates are held on various topics. It is not written text as with other social media. The American organization Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO) and originated analysis of the whole environment and especially the data of users’ sound, their flow and protection.
Only network monitoring is in progress for quality transmission
Agora claims that it does not store audio data about its users. Nor metadata that could identify a user’s opinion or criticism at a particular time. Only network monitoring is performed to ensure quality transmission. If this claim of the creators of the application were true, the Chinese government would not have access to the data. However, the reality may be different, which would shed a negative light on the whole activity. The clubhouse is extremely popular, and so far people have thought that they can freely discuss topics that are taboo in China through the application interface.
A rescue for users’ data could be their physical storage in the United States. In such a case, data transfer to servers in China would not be possible. And so even the local government would have no way to get to them. Here, as is already the case in China-US relations, there is a way for the Chinese government to access the data. Even if they are stored on a server in America. There is an agreement on mutual legal assistance between the two countries, which provides for the provision of different data if this is important to protect the security of one of these countries. However, the SIO states that the US may refuse to release data if this would jeopardize freedom of expression or human rights.
The debate over whether a Clubhouse is safe or not is extremely important. Because if the path to free expression is to be given through data located in the US, then the Chinese government gets into an unusual situation of not controlling the situation and therefore starting to block the application. It is important to know whether the Agora is really so detached from its own government that it stores data out of its control and out of sight. However, this is not even 100% clear from the SIO analysis.
Source: MojAndroid.sk by www.mojandroid.sk.
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