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Great Firewall father speaks out (3)

2011-02-18 05:48:55 GMT2011-02-18 13:48:55(Beijing Time)  Global Times

With more than 450 million Internet users, China now has the largest national online population in the world.

It's an everlasting war between the GFW and VPNs, Fang says.

"So far, the GFW is lagging behind and still needs improvement," he says.

The situation is better described as traffic control, Fang says.

"Drivers just obey the rules and so citizens should just play with what they have."

About Fang Binxing

1960 Born in Harbin, capital of Helongjiang Province in northeastern China

1977 One of 273,000 students out of 5.7 million candidates nationwide to attend university after Deng Xiaoping gives the nod to resumption of university entrance examinations

1978-1989 Earns bachelor's, master's and PhD degrees of computer science at the Harbin Institute of Technology

1984-1999 Teaches at Harbin Institute of Technology

1999 Starts work at National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/ Coordination Center of China as deputy chief engineer

2000-2007 Appointed chief engineer and director of the center

2001 Awarded special allowance by the State Council

2001 Earns "advanced individual" award from Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Publicity, Organization Department of Central Committee of Communist Party of China, Commission of Politics and Law of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, Ministry of Civil Affairs and Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security

2005 Selected as academician at Chinese Academy of Engineering

2006 Wins "excellent worker of science and technology innovation of information industry" award from Ministry of Industry and Information Technology

2007 Works as information security special advisor to Ministry of Public Security

2007 Works as distinguished professor at National University of Defense Technology

December 2007 Appointed dean of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications

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