china – Web hosting, Domain names, Dedicated servers Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:05:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 china – 32 32 Chinese government renews Google’s license Fri, 09 Jul 2010 18:35:14 +0000 china summer palace
Google announced today that the Chinese government has renewed its license to operate as an Internet content provider, meaning that the search engine will continue to operate in China.

Earlier this year, Google strongly considered leaving the country due to its strict Internet censorship, and began redirecting Chinese users to its uncensored Hong Kong site. Google has since stopped doing this, but still keeps a link to the other site on its homepage.

Google must renew its license annually. The search engine has had trouble attracting users in China as local competitors such as Baidu have limited its market share.

Source | The New York Times
Photo | Flickr

Symantec: China is number-one source of malware Fri, 26 Mar 2010 19:30:44 +0000 binary
According to a recent study conducted by Symantec, more malware originates from China than any other country– 28.2%, in fact.

Close behind China is Romania, which is responsible for 21.1% of malware. Next was the United States at 13.8%. Symantec found that although the majority of malware appears to come from North American mail servers, the original source is usually abroad.

Interestingly, a great deal of malware now targets people in specific roles rather than the public at large. Individuals with titles such as “director, senior official, vice president, manager, and executive director” tend to be hit with more spam, as do workers in the public policy and defense industries.

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Go Daddy to stop offering .cn domains Thu, 25 Mar 2010 14:20:38 +0000 In a Google-esque move, Go Daddy will no longer offer .cn domains to customers. The announcement was made by spokesperson Christine Jones during a testimony to Congress yesterday.

The domain registrar made its decision in light of China’s increasingly strict registration requirements, including copies of identification and in some cases, a valid business license. According to Jones:

We were immediately concerned about the motives behind the increased level of registrant verification being required. The intent of the procedures appeared, to us, to be based on a desire by the Chinese authorities to exercise increased control over the subject matter of domain name registrations by Chinese nationals.

My guess is Godaddy isn’t really concerned about censorship, but rather found a good opportunity to jump on the PR bandwagon. Although the company has some 27,000 .cn registrations, these names only make up less than 1% of its revenue. It knows that the new requirements will made selling the domains much harder, so it probably opted to drop .cn and look good at the same time.

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Rod Beckstrom to visit China Tue, 02 Mar 2010 15:29:49 +0000 china
Rod Beckstrom is scheduled to visit China for two days next week. This will be the ICANN CEO’s first trip to the country since assuming his post last year.

A number of things are on the agenda. A major point of discussion will be China’s plans to launch its own IDN ccTLD and debate over control of DNS for the name.

What will not be discussed, however, are Chinese censorship and the new restrictions on .cn registrations. ICANN has stressed that this is not a political visit. I think this is a good thing, but at some time or another, ICANN is going to come into conflict with countries over how ccTLDs should be operated.

Source | PC World

More restrictions placed on .cn registration Wed, 24 Feb 2010 15:51:58 +0000 rice terrace
China, which has seen rapid growth on its .cn domain, has made news lately for its attempts to cut down on illicit .cn websites. Recently, new rules were instituted requiring prospective domain owners to submit paper application. Now the People’s Republic has gone even further. Domain applicants will now be required to submit a photo ID and possibly meet in-person with the government.

This is all an attempt to regulate content on the .cn extension, which recently saw rapid growth and virtually became the top ccTLD overnight. The new requirements should cut down on the number of new registrations heavily, however, and it is unlikely that China will keep its #1 spot.

Source | Domain Name Wire

China takes more steps to censor .cn domain Thu, 11 Feb 2010 21:56:35 +0000 forbidden city
China has been cracking down on pornographic and other illicit content on its .cn domain lately, but now the country has taken things one step further. The government has hired some 600 temporary workers to manually check all 14 million names on the extension for pornography and inaccurate registration records.

How long will this take? Not as long as you might think. Assuming each check takes 5 minutes, the process will take 1,944 hours, or 81 days of non-stop checks. This means that unless illegal content is hidden well, expect .cn to soon be the cleanest ccTLD out there. China had previously relied on volunteers to report pornographic content.

Chinese government takes two popular domains offline Wed, 06 Jan 2010 16:27:11 +0000 chinese riot squad
Yesterday evening, Chinese web portal and a similar social networking site,, both went offline. This is not normal downtime, however. Rather, the registrar of the two .coms is claiming the names were “rendered unable to resolve” at the request of the Chinese government.

China has a long history of Internet censorship and has just recently started going after domains. Last month, it deleted some 775 adult domains.

The country’s government is able to take domains offline only when the registrar is located in China. The .com TLD itself is operated by an American company. I find it odd that even though a person from China can obtain the go-ahead from the American registry to register an available .com (an automatic process), the Chinese government can remove a registration, even though it has no right to interfere with the transaction whatsoever.

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China shuts down 775 adult domains Fri, 18 Dec 2009 20:40:48 +0000 chinese womanIn an effort to put a stop to online pornography, the Chinese government has shut down 775 pornographic domains in the last three days. This swift action is the result of the country’s new domain name complaint center, where concerned citizens can rat out adult websites.

The center is operated by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) and is staffed 24/7. The CNNIC has also introduced a new requirement for .cn domain registration. As of December 14, all newly registered domains must be accompanied by a written application. New registrations will not become active until the application is approved by the government.

While China sees the need to rid itself of adult websites, will it really stop people from viewing this sort of content? After all, it can only control the web within its borders. With a simple proxy, anyone can get around the country’s content filter and view objectionable content from any other part of the world.

Source | People’s Daily Online

.HK applies for Chinese IDN Tue, 15 Dec 2009 14:36:55 +0000 hong kong
The .hk domain registry has submitted an application to ICANN to allow the registration of IDNs in Chinese. For years registrants have been able to register all but the domain suffix in Chinese. Once the application is approved, no Latin characters will need to be typed to visit a .hk website.

In order to promote the new technology, the .hk registry plans on giving all current registrants the IDN version of their domain free. All new registrants will also receive the equivalent IDN for free. Rather than attempt to profit from internationalised domains like many registries have, it’s great to see that .hk wants to encourage Internet use and commerce.

Source | Domain News

New $29.5 million Fujitsu data center headed to China Wed, 25 Nov 2009 20:05:48 +0000 fujitsui logoTechnology company Fujitsu has announced plans to open a $29.5 million data center in the Guangdong province of China. The firm is also currently building data centers in several other locales, including Perth and Melbourne.

In order to make the facility a reality, Fujitsu signed a number of cooperative agreements with the local government. Financial incentive was no doubt a driving factor for both parties involved.

Fujitsu will use the data center to provide a variety of services to its clients, such as IT support, maintenance, application management, data-processing, and back office services. The expected opening date ofthe facility is presently unknown.

Source | The Whir