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Individuals banned from .cn application

CHINA barred individuals from applying for Chinese domain names, ending with .cn, from yesterday as part of a national campaign against pornographic content spread online, the industry regulator said.

Applicants for domain name registration are required to hand in written application forms, with a business license and the applicant's identity card, according to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC).

The new application system will help the CNNIC better regulate the Internet environment in the country and crack down on improper content online, experts said.

CNNIC decided to screen applicants' qualifications strictly to stop individuals obtaining domain names using fake information, said Liu Zhijiang, vice director of the regulator.

"The applications in written form can help us do our work more accurately," media reported quoting Liu.

The more than 13 million existing Websites with the domain name .cn won't be affected, according to CNNIC.

The announcement came after a report by China Central Television aired criticism of the CNNIC's registration process.

CCTV reported last Wednesday that some domain registration agents have approved Website addresses with .cn even though the information submitted was incomplete or inaccurate, which could lead to a large quantity of pornography Websites created.

Last Friday, CNNIC suspended the business of three domain name registration agents in China. They are Zhengzhou-based, Beijing-based and

China has strengthened the battle against pornographic content spread online, including shutting down file sharing Websites.



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