Why police attack CUHK? Hong Kong Internet Exchange is located on campus

The Police raided the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) to arrest student protesters. In a standoff, some students were willing to give up their lives to protect the campus and their fellow pro-democracy activists. What else are they protecting? Some of them offered an insight into a critical asset on campus.

According to the students from CUHK, the reason for police to besiege the campus is to access Hong Kong Internet Exchange (HKIX), which is located within CUHK.

The HKIX serves as a hub for 99% messages (internet traffic) that are sent and received through the Internet within Hong Kong. If HKIX is fallen into the hands of the police, every Hongkonger’s message will be monitored by Communist China and the puppet Hong Kong government. With AI and Big Data technologies, the Chinese regime can persecute MILLIONS of Hongkongers based on their online communications.

But there can be other severe consequences if the Chinese Communist Party takes over HKIX given its criticality. The communist regime is notorious for internet hacking, controlling HKIX will enable them to do more damages. It requires further analysis to fully assess the potential impact.

According to Wikipedia:

Hong Kong Internet eXchange (HKIX; 香港互聯網交換中心) is an internet exchange point in Hong Kong. The cooperative project is initiated by the Information Technology Services Centre (ITSC) of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) providing the service free of charge. It is now operated by HKIX Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the CUHK Foundation.

The aim of the HKIX is to connect Internet service providers (ISPs) in Hong Kong so that intra-Hong Kong traffic can be exchanged locally without routing through the US or other countries. 99% internet interaction in Hong Kong goes through the center, and HKIX acts as Hong Kong’s network backbone. According to Cloudflare, HKIX is the largest internet exchange point in Asia.

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Nov. 12, 2019