Following the hacking of three of its government websites, Guangzhou has decided to choose a secret location in the surrounding cities to build a large government database backup and catastrophe recovery center to help prevent disasters from harming the city's government platform.

The whole project is planned to cover an area of several thousand square meters and cost over CNY100 million. It will take at least two years to complete. A government representative has told local media that the data backup center is like a "super brain" which collects all the data on government affairs in Guangzhou.

The center will not participate in the daily operations of the government. However, it will play a role if the e-government systems are destroyed by man-made or natural disasters.

So far, 50 government agencies in Guangzhou have placed their data online to give citizens better access to public works information and they will be integrated into the new backup system.


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