Website Registration in China



New ONI Bulletin!

The university- based OpenNet Initiative (ONI) today released a bulletin analyzing the effects to date of China’s non-commercial website registration regulations on website owners and bloggers.

Effective March 20, 2005, China’s Ministry of Information Industry (MII) required that all non-commercial websites must register with the MII or face significant penalties. Regulation enforcement is a joint effort between the MII and China’s Internet Service Providers (ISPs). By August 2005, China’s MII reported that over 90 percent of covered websites had been registered, although anecdotal examinations of such websites seem to indicate fewer registrations. In December 2005, the Chinese government launched a major campaign to shut down unregistered websites.

The press release is available here, the full bulletin is available here.

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