China’s 18th Communist National Party Congress opened in Beijing this week at the same time Twitter accounts have been hacked and there have been reports of problems gaining internet access in the country noted for its draconian censorship and intrusive online surveillance.
The ten yearly Congress formally endorses key leadership positions and sets the country’s agenda for the decade.
The decisions on appointments , including that of president and prime minister have already been settled as have those for other high ranking position in negotiations in the lead up to the congress.
But there is little input from the average citizen. And the Government is keen that netizens only get to hear what they want them to. Not that there anything unusual in that.
Officials have denied the Government ordered or was behind the hacking or loss of internet service but it is a mighty bid coincidence.
Ezine PolicyMic reports that Twitter notified a number of users today that their accounts may have been hacked.