China reopens ccTLD registration to individuals

Domain regulator loosens up country-code top-level domain name registration to allow individuals to acquire ".cn" domain; have measures in place to prevent malicious Web sites.

Individuals in China will be able to register for a ".cn" country-code top-level domain name (ccTLD) on Tuesday, after a two-year ban by the domain regulator.

In a statement Monday, the China Internet Network Information Center (CCNIC) noted that individuals and organizations that are able to independently bear civil liability are allowed to register for a ".cn" domain in its native language.

In 2010, the country tightened its ccTLD registration regulations, allowing only Chinese businesses to register for the localized domain. The government believed that the move will curb the registration of malicious Web sites.

This time, CCNIC said the opening up of the ".cn" domain will not increase the registration of such scam domains as there will be processes in place to reduce such applications.

China has been actively looking to manage the rise of online crimes. On Monday, it was reported that Shanghai has deployed a team of police to monitor all Web sites registered in the city for cybercrime including the distribution of pornographic information, sale of contraband, conducting online fraud, and gambling.