// This order has serious implications for Internet and web
infrastructure. It does not protect Hong Kong society as it claims,
because it fails to protect the most reliable, cheapest means of
communication — the Internet. Undermining this technology puts Hong Kong
society at greater risk, rather than protecting it.
The order will have the unintended consequence of interfering with
the normal operations of the local and global Internet, jeopardizing the
smooth delivery of Internet services in Hong Kong and its neighbors.
The prohibition on republishing alone means that, for example, web
caches — which reduce network congestion and increase available network
bandwidth by storing copies of frequently accessed content closer to
users — are in serious danger from this order, because these
technologies cannot tell the difference between material prohibited by
the order and material that is not. For the same reasons, content
delivery networks (CDNs) may also avoid Hong Kong market, greatly
reducing the reliability of services in Hong Kong.