China Prevents All Individuals from Registering “.cn” Domain Names: Yikes!

What will they know of China, who only “.cn” know?
china_flag_90x113The 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?

3 Responses to "China Prevents All Individuals from Registering “.cn” Domain Names: Yikes!"

  • Cecil

    December 29, 2009

    Hey Dave.

    I’m happy to know that is not blocked in China!

    How do you put these posts together? You once mentioned and “editor” to me and I’m curious who writes and who researches these.

    I ask because the quote at the bottom is so obscure I wondered how you came up with it.

    If you aren’t willing to disclose, I will understand.


  • Dave

    December 31, 2009

    Hi Cecil,

    I actually write the little buggers, unless they are bylines to one of my contributor friends. The quote from Kipline isn’t so obscure, as it was part of a Billy Bragg rock/folk song in the early 90’s — which was my period of extended childhood. The quote is in my record collection.

    Brandon Lovested occasionally writes copyright stuff, and we’re blessed to have the services of Carolyn Grantham is our Copywriter and chief.

    Glad you like my obscure quotes — even when I warp them into interactive geek news.

    Happy New Years,

  • battery-stores

    May 21, 2010

    Your point is very positive.

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