Tuesday, December 15, 2009

China Bans Individuals from Registering Internet Domain Names

China has banned individuals from registering internet domain names and launched a review of millions of existing personal websites.

As of Monday, people applying to register a domain name in China must present a company chop(the equivalent of a US corporate seal) and a business licence, the China Internet Network Information Center, a government-backed body, said in a statement.

According to FT, Internet service providers said they have started to review their client base for potentially fraudulent or “harmful” individually owned sites. The term “harmful” is often used by the government as a catch-all that covers everything from pornography to anti-state activity.

Earlier this year, China blocked a number of social media sites, including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

EconomicPolicyJournal.com, although I rarely comment about China and can't recall ever saying anything negative, has been blocked in China for more than a year.

1 comment:

  1. Until China recognizes and protects private property rights, it will never be a major economic leader. However, it may surpass the USA if we continue down the Obama "road to serfdom."

    China has unwitingly honored EPJ by banning it. Congratulations to Wenzel and staff for helping to pave the road to Freedom.