What will they know of China, who only “.cn” know?
The Associated Press reports that China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has posted requirements that all “.cn” china domains be issued only to registered businesses. AP’s coverage also says that any sites that have not registered with the ministry will be “taken off the Internet.”
I offer that purging of the “.cn” domain will establish it as a de facto whitelist. The Chinese government will then subject other domains to pervasive filtering and blocking. See earlier coverage of China’s censorship machine. Websites not on the pre-approved “.cn” domain will increasingly test to see “Is my website blocked in China?” That filtering, and the discipline the fear of it causes, is exactly the goal.
Earlier this year China attempted pervasive filtering through a requirement for new computers to be loaded with a controversial Internet-filtering (and spying) software known as Green Dam Youth Escort. An outcry by computer manufacturers prevented this law from being implemented. In light of this, segregating approved traffic to a single domain seems like an alternate route toward the same end.
With apologies to Kipling and Billy Bragg, what do they know of England, who only England know?