Beijing tightens its grip on the internet


Kathrin Hille
Financial Times
December 16, 2009

[efoods]China has banned individuals from registering internet domain names in Beijing’s toughest move so far to tighten online censorship.

From Monday, people registering a domain name in China would have to present a company seal and a business licence, the China Internet Network Information Center, a government-backed body, said in a statement.

Service providers said they had started to review their clients for potentially fraudulent or “harmful” individually-owned sites.

“We have started to review domain names registered by individuals, as requested by CNNIC,” said an official at HiNet, one of China’s largest internet service providers.

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