The Chinese government issued new rules requiring all Internet users in China to provide their real names to service providers. And also assigning Internet companies greater responsibility for deleting forbidden postings and reporting them to the authorities.
There are 600 million users in China using the internet and critics believe the government is trying to limit freedom of speech.
ICANN has voted at its annual meeting in Seoul to allow domain names in Arabic, Chinese and other characters. This is the biggest change to how the internet works since 40 years ago.
Rod Beckstrom, ICANN’s President and CEO said, This is only the first step, but it is an incredibly big one and an historic move toward the internationalization of the Internet. The first countries that participate will not only be providing valuable information of the operation of IDNs in the domain name system, they are also going to help to bring the first of billions more people online – people who never use Roman characters in their daily lives.