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Monday, February 27, 2006


Chinese Alternate Root?

Tim Wang's eLearning Blog has the following post:

China Fully in Control of .CN domain names

Starting from March 1st 2006, the Chinese government will completely control the distribution of all .CN domain names. This include the four critical domain sublets: COM.CN, AC.CN, GOV.CN, and MIL.CN. Before the date, most Chinese domain registrations relied on DNS (Domain Name Servers) of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) in the US. (Fact: ICANN controlled 1,500,000 Chinese domain names and the Chinese DNS servers control the other 1,090,000 domain names)

Starting in March, all of the Chinese government and military organization domain distributions and domain name mapping request will be processed by Chinese DNS. This means the request statistics of the government and military organization web site can be covered and hidden from the US much easier. These web sites and email services are no longer under foreign "surveillance".

It sure sounds like .CN has created it's own set of root servers. Perhaps official confirmation will be forthcoming sometime soon.

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