Feeds

Domain registrar follows Google out of China

Cynical PR or moral capitalism?

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Domain registrar GoDaddy is ending business in China after the country introduced new rules on registering internet domains.

The decision only emerged yesterday when the company gave evidence to a Congressional committee.

GoDaddy said it would continue to maintain existing .cn domains but would not take new registrations.

The stronger Chinese rules were introduced in December, ostensibly as part of a crackdown on internet smut. They banned individuals from registering web addresses unless they had certain kinds of business licence. People registering domain names for business purposes had to provide detailed identification and even photographs.

GoDaddy also said it had seen a rising number of denial of service attacks on sites it hosts and these were usually sites considered unsuitable by Beijing. The Washington Post has more.

A cynic might suggest that the costs of registering Chinese businesses could not be squeezed into GoDaddy's 'pile 'em high and sell 'em cheap' business model.

Google's Director of Public Policy, Alan Davidson, also gave evidence yesterday and said the company had seen some of its services blocked in 25 countries in recent years and YouTube had been blocked by over a dozen nations.

Davidson made it clear that the censorship row was not just about freedom. He said: "The debate ... is, of course, not only about human rights. At issue is the continued economic growth spurred on by a free and globally accessible internet."

Company founder Sergey Brin told the Wall Street Journal that the actions of the Chinese government brought back distressing memories of police surveillance in the Soviet Union - Brin's family emigrated in 1979 when he was six. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline
A rude awakening: North Americans greeted with outage drama
Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'
Games disrupted as firm struggles to control network
BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes
Poor punters won't be affected, telecoms giant claims
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
EE plonks 4G in UK Prime Minister's backyard
OK, his constituency. Brace yourself for EXTRA #selfies
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.