Friday, August 22, 2008

GoDaddy Blocked in China

GoDaddy, the largest ICANN-accredited domain registrar in the world, appears to blocked in Mainland China by the evil Net Nanny before the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games came to a close. A screen copy of the command "tracert www.godaddy.com" shows that the problem is a router inside China Telecom.

The current blocking may be related to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. China's sport authority has banned the issuing of Internet domain names based on the country's Olympic gold medal-winning athletes to anyone but the medalists themselves,  according to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). The General Administration of Sport (GAS) provided the CNNIC with a full list of China's Olympic team prior to the Games opening on Aug. 8, and had registered all available domain names for athletes in Chinese characters and in Pinyin. Those who had already registered before the GAS order could not keep the the domain names any more, they were forced to give it to the medalist "as a gift".



The person that already had domain name hold up to now abandons a domain name of player of Olympic Games of China. If they donot want to abandon the domain, the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) will force to retrieve the domain. But if the domain name is register outside China, such as in GoDaddy.com, the CNNIC can not retrieve that domain.

Now the currently largest Internet domain registrar in the world is blocking in China, the most likely explanation is, CNNIC do not want any Chinese hold a domain name of country's Olympic gold medal-winning athletes by blocking GoDaddy registrar. When the people in China can not visit GoDaddy and register domain outside China, so CNNIC can protect the domain names more easy.

GoDaddy has come under heavy criticism for suspending Chinese human rights sites without warning on August 17, 2007.

13 comments:

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  2. I love Godaddy!

    I Love China also, if it did not blocked Godaddy!

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  3. Grrr... I'm an expat living in China and this is seriously annoying... my personal website is on godaddy!


    Makes me wanna go register the names on another DNS just to be obnoxious! ("Cept then I'm likely to get other servers blocked and piss off my fellow expats!)

    Anyone got any ideas on how to circumvent the block? I'll probably resort to Tor eventually (which is what I use for my LJ) but I hate how slooowww everything is on Tor and not so sure about uploading pages with it...

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  5. It seems Godaddy has been unblocked as it can be visited fine now...

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  6. Yes, GoDaddy unblocked in China now. I can visit Godaddy directly.

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  7. Today, godaddy in China will be able to visit.

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  9. I like this web. Yes,i like it ;) Thanx. Johann2027

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  10. I also make an english blog ,it's developing

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  11. They also block e-gold ,it's a pity, now I use paypal

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  12. i think we will see godaddy online soon
    just wait

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