At midnight on Tuesday, the Great Firewall of China, the vast apparatus that limits the country’s internet, appeared to descend on Hong Kong.
TikTok has had a difficult week, to say the least — and rival Instagram just made it much harder.
As Hong Kong grapples with a draconian new security law, the tiny territory is emerging as the front line in a global fight between the United States and China over censorship, surveillance and the future of the internet.
Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Google and Telegram have all said they are “pausing” co-operation with requests for user information from the Hong Kong police.
India’s government has banned TikTok and dozens more Chinese-made apps it says are a danger to the country. In a statement, it said the apps were “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.
Huawei poses challenges to national security and has engaged in unacceptable acts, Google’s former boss Eric Schmidt has told the BBC.
Swarms of accounts are amplifying Beijing’s brash new messaging as the country tries to shape the global narrative about the coronavirus and much else.
On the morning of Jan. 3, an email was sent from the Indonesian Embassy in Australia to a member of the premier of Western Australia’s staff who worked on health and ecological issues. Attached was a Word document that aroused no immediate suspicions, since the intended recipient knew the supposed sender.
WIPO have announced that as of 1 August they began providing domain name dispute resolution services for .CN and .ä¸å½ (China).
In their announcement, the World Intellectual Property Organization note the services are pursuant to the China ccTLD Dispute Resolution Policy (.CN Policy), the China ccTLD Dispute Resolution Policy Rules (.CN Rules), and the WIPO Supplemental Rules for China ccTLD Dispute Resolution Policy and China ccTLD Dispute Resolution Policy Rules (WIPO Supplemental Rules).
For those wishing to lodge disputes, they should consult the dedicated page for .CN and .ä¸å½ domain name dispute resolution services, including links to the above policy and procedural rules, model pleadings and case fees.
The page also features a comparison table highlighting the differences between the .CN Policy and the UDRP.
Under the WIPO-initiated Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) the WIPO Center has processed some 44,000 cases. WIPO also provides its domain name services for over 75 Country Code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs) as well as a number of generic top-level domain including .com and a number of new gTLDs to which the UDRP applies.
The operators of the .cloud new gTLD have received accreditation from Chinaâs Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) that allows for the registering and hosting of domain names within the worldâs most populous country.
This marks a strategic step for the Registry and parent Italian company Aruba S.p.A, in expanding its international partner network in the region. Currently .cloud is the 30th largest of the new gTLDs by registration numbers with over 156,000 registrations since general availability commenced in February 2016. Other new generic top level domains to have received this accreditation include .shop, .site, .club, .vip, .shop, .red, .kim and .ltd as well as legacy gTLDs .com, .net, .info, .pro and .mobi.
âOur success is based on our partnerships and we are eager to collaborate with Chinese registrars and technology providers,â said Mou Mukherjee, Head of Registry Services at .Cloud. âThese partners play a significant role in guiding Chinese businesses into the future of the digital economy by helping them build, boost, and protect their online identity.â
Chinaâs booming digital economy has created a hotbed of digital innovation, and the country has rapidly become a leading global force in digital innovation. This has spurred huge growth in cloud services led by government initiatives, online shopping, online payments, the sharing economy, social media, casual gaming, video streaming and other B2C services.
Chinaâs cloud computing market has grown significantly since 2010 according to the Report of Prospects and Investment Strategy Planning on China Cloud Computing Industry (2017-2022) published by Forward Intelligence Co. Ltd., a special market research institute. Its market size reached 178.2 billion yuan in 2016, up 18.8 percent year-on-year. The industry will grow by at least 30 percent year-on-year on average in the coming five years. By 2020, Chinaâs cloud computing market is projected to reach 686.6 billion yuan (about $103.6 billion).
With China’s future focus on cloud computing and digital transformation, the .Cloud domain will be an attractive option for any Chinese business or brand that wants to declare their technical advancement or share their modern mindset. Today, the term âcloudâ has become synonymous with innovation, modern technology, and the future of business.
The .Cloud domain launched in February 2016 and has registrations in over 180 countries. From digital platforms like Rio.cloud, to startups like Food.Cloud, Fashion.Cloud, and Reward.Cloud – .Cloud is a modern domain for all businesses.
Aruba S.p.A., founded in 1994, is the leading company in Italy for data centre, cloud solutions, web hosting, email, certified email (PEC) and domain registration services. It boasts extensive experience when it comes to building and managing data centres, with an active European network, as well as the 3 data centres it owns in Italy and another one due to be ready in 2020. In the north of Italy, close to Milan, Aruba has built the biggest Italian data centre campus with a surface area of 200,000m2. The company manages over 2 million domains, 7 million email accounts, 5 million certified email (PEC) accounts, 130,000 physical and virtual servers and a total of more than 4.7 million customers.