Inaccurate Report Sparks Fears China May Split Net – Sumner Lemon

From PCWorld.com (link):

Western media was abuzz Wednesday with reports, citing an English-language story on the Web site of the official People’s Daily newspaper, that China plans to create a set of Chinese-language as part of a bid to split China off from the Internet. There was just one problem: the story wasn’t true.

The China Internet Network Information Center () has had a system of three Chinese-character domain names in place since 2002. The domain names, which appear to be top-level domain names, actually operate under the .cn top-level domain name, which is also administered by and is part of the domain-name system (DNS) managed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

A CNNIC spokeswoman Wednesday confirmed that there are no new additions to the available Chinese-character domain names and said no major changes are planned for how China administers the Internet.

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