China: Locking Down IDC Server Rooms For The Olympics

From Global Voices Advocacy

While Chinese webmasters wait to see if the Olympics will bring tightened reins on the internet as is widely expected, more specific documents have recently appeared online which suggest part of Beijing’s Olympic Plan is to place controls over Chinese internet data centers of severity that hasn’t been seen since enormous chunks of the Chinese internet quietly went dark in a similar move nearly a year ago.

In a PDF document dated simply July 2008 from the Shanghai Branch of China Netcom hosted on the Shanghai-based IDC GEIS technology website, we find the ‘IDC Entry and Exit Management Regulations for the Olympic Period Server Lockdown‘:

Dear Client, Hello!

Thank you for your support of the company. We are delighted to provide you with the most satisfying and speediest service.

To ensure China Netcom network stability and safe operation of existing IDC server farm equipment during the Olympic Period, the company’s Shanghai branch has drawn up management regulations for the Olympic Period Server Lockdown to be uniformly implemented beginning on the day of The Server Lockdown until further e-mail notice. Your company is is hereby informed of the IDC Management Regulations for the Olympic Period Server Lockdown, please comply.


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