this week, Google made the bold step to shut
down its Chinese search operations due to heavy-handed censorship
and accusations of computer hacking that originated in China. The
back at Google with full force in a front page story. "Google
is not a virgin when it comes to values. Its cooperation and
collusion with the U.S. intelligence and security agencies is
well-known...All this makes one wonder," wrote the paper.
"Thinking about the United States’ big efforts in recent years
to engage in Internet war, perhaps this could be an exploratory
may have been the first, but it certainly won't be the last company
to pull out of China. The Washington
is now reporting that GoDaddy.com will
no longer register domain names in China. The reason for
GoDaddy's decision comes from invasive new requirements that the
Chinese government has implemented for those that wish to register a
.cn domain name.
registrants must provide signed registration forms, a business
registration number, and a color headshot to the China Internet
Network Information Center (CNNIC). GoDaddy was also asked to
retroactively obtain this information for individuals and
organizations that had already registered .cn domain names.
the largest registrar of domain names on the internet, says that it
can no longer be persuaded to comply with Chinese regulations. "We
believe that many of the current abuses of the Internet originating
in China are due to a lack of enforcement against criminal activities
by the Chinese government," said
GoDaddy general counsel Christine Jones at the
Commission on China.
experience as been that China is focused on using the internet to
monitor and control the legitimate activities of its citizens, rather
than penalizing those who commit Internet-related crimes," Jones
was founded in 1997 and currently maintains
over 40 million domain names.