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Old 3rd February 2010, 10:42 AM
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Re: .cn vs .com (changes in China)

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"Beijing's stricter domain name regime is part of a general tightening in web censorship. Internet experts said it could amount to a white list of allowed sites while all other content becomes unavailable to Chinese users. Industry sources said the scanning started several months ago and specialised software was being used to make the review more efficient.

"This can be done in two ways: one is that the telecom operator detects the information at its firewall; the other is by employing such software on the servers," said Mr Song.

Concrete numbers on how many websites have fallen victim to the crackdown are not available. But bloggers and critics of censorship said they were feeling the impact. "I had five domain names under my name, and three have been closed down over the past month," said William Long, a software engineer and blogger who regularly comments on web censorship."
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