So, just as the Internet has had a major democratization globally, China steps in with another ham-handed attempt at restricting it. Authorities in China have banned individuals from registering .cn domains. (via Shanghaiist):
According to the latest report published by CNNIC, users who want to apply for domain names should provide written application materials to domain name registration service providers while submitting applications online. The application materials include a domain name registration application form with official seal (original); an enterprise business license or organization code certificate (copy); and the identification of registration contact (copy).
Not sure how much it matters, there’s nothing that prevents you from going through a commercial registrar to get an international .com, .org, or .net domain. I don’t know exactly what authorities attempt to accomplish with this ban, maybe someone who knows more about domain names can help me out. I suppose individual countries have the right to put whatever restrictions they want on their country code domains, but letting businesses and organizations register but not individuals seems odd to me. If I were to restrict a country code, I would restrict it to government sites.