GoDaddy follows Google

With China's views on the Internet becoming ever more unpopular with western companies, another Internet giant has decided to halt its business in China, according to PC World. The world's leading domain registrar, GoDaddy, has announced that it will stop registering .cn domains in China. This news coming just a few days after Google decided to shutdown its servers in China.

Their main concern is that the rules within China, that require customers to provide a greater amount of personal data, are being used to "monitor and control the legitimate activities of its citizens", said Christine Jones, general counsel of the GoDaddy group.

Ms Jones spoke at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and added, "The intent of the procedures appeared, to us, to be based on a desire by the Chinese authorities to exercise increased control over the subject matter of domain name registrations by Chinese nationals."

China's domain-name authority, the CNNIC, warned GoDaddy that if they did not start providing additional information such as; photo identification and physical signatures, the domain names would stop working. Which led to GoDaddy stopping the registering of new .cn domain names.

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Purify said,
I suspect Dell may leave China soon too.
We will see.

That`s just been reported

In a severe jolt to China, Dell has announced that it will be moving almost $25 billion of operations from China to India, following Google and GoDaddy, who recently quit China this week.

Nice try though :-)

Edited by Riggers, Mar 29 2010, 12:06pm :

what is next? HP pulls out of shanghai because it is forced to install firewall on chinese hp computer?
It may happen. haha

Hahaha! I can't believe just how DUMB you bozos are. Oooh bash that big bad China....

A quick check of the companies approved to sell the .cn domain extension will show that GoDaddy are NOT ON THE LIST.

Clowns. Can't believe y'all fall for this PR crap.

greatscot said,
Hahaha! I can't believe just how DUMB you bozos are. Oooh bash that big bad China....

A quick check of the companies approved to sell the .cn domain extension will show that GoDaddy are NOT ON THE LIST.

Clowns. Can't believe y'all fall for this PR crap.


But yet CNNIC warns GoDaddy to apply their new rules or no longer have their .cn domains operate? Makes sense to me, bozo.

DClark said,

But yet CNNIC warns GoDaddy to apply their new rules or no longer have their .cn domains operate? Makes sense to me, bozo.

Actually GoDaddy was not authorized to sell the domain names, and entered the market last year when the Chinese government started their crackdown on pornography and piracy. Godaddy made quite the entrance into the Chinese market by forging a partnership with Alipay (think Chinese version of eBay) and aimed for customers who were unhappy with how the .cn domain require personal information to be submitted. Godaddy was never authorized to sell .cn to begin with, so CNNIC was already unhappy about how they entered the market. Godaddy is doing this merely to save their ass from a potential complaint from the Chinese.

Having said that, if the partnership with Alipay is still intact, then Godaddy's business will not take a huge hit as Chinese are moving over to .com simply because there's no information requirement.

Mocosoft said,
Simple. China don't want € or USD. They know what the "Real" money is.

Funny that they loaned the US money in USD. They better hope the USD gets stronger or their loans won't be worth squat.

The western world, the biggest consumers of cheap electronics, versus Chine, the biggest producer of cheap electronics.

*sits back, cracks open a beer, takes phone off hook*

This is going to be one hell of a circus.

Majesticmerc said,
The western world, the biggest consumers of cheap electronics, versus Chine, the biggest producer of cheap electronics.

*sits back, cracks open a beer, takes phone off hook*

This is going to be one hell of a circus.

Chine == China. *facepalm*

TonyLock said,
Good or bad, what right do we have to dictate how other countries should govern themselves?

We don't and nobody is dictating that are they? People are suggesting how China's government should govern, but I see nobody dictating. I do see companies refusing to abide by the Chinese governments wishes though and I see that as a step in the right direction for morality.

So far the 2 companies that 'refused' to abide by Chinese laws screwed themselves over.

Google left because the Chinese called their bluff.
GoDaddy left because the Chinese threatened to place a complaint because of their unauthorized sale of .cn domain names.

If a company leaves without any external influences, then I'll say it's a right direction.

To be fair, I'm a HK Chinese raised in western society, I'm not bias to either side, but I'm not going to criticize China for the current way they do things, running a country of 1.7 billion people is considerably different from say 320 million.

Can't wait to see what'll happen to Australia once they start with their censorship program. Ever heard of Operation Titstorm? Google it.

Recon415 said,
Can't wait to see what'll happen to Australia once they start with their censorship program. Ever heard of Operation Titstorm? Google it.

No one will care because it's, "Moral" censorship.

Plus they're not fascist China, so it's cool.

Recon415 said,
Can't wait to see what'll happen to Australia once they start with their censorship program. Ever heard of Operation Titstorm? Google it.

Seriously...they call it "Titstorm"?

important to remember Google themselves ain't no saints
both China and Google could use a swift kick to the junk in how it views Privacy
no free pass for Google from me, not after they were hacked, embarrassed and now attempt
to do the same to China, good game though ;P

Funny how the US is anti Cuba for it's communist state, but not China due to their cheap labor... Thanks Nike for paying your working 13 cents an hour....

TOOLaudiofan said,
Funny how the US is anti Cuba for it's communist state, but not China due to their cheap labor... Thanks Nike for paying your working 13 cents an hour....

You seriously....seriously need to learn a little about history. It's not just that Cuba is communist; they were close allies with the soviet union during the cold war and there's still a lot of tension left over (for right or wrong). Don't grossly generalize to make the apple look like an orange for comparison.

Electric Jolt said,

It's called news for a reason. It's supposed to be new...

News Stands for North East West South. (not joking) No because it's new.

Electric Jolt said,

It's called news for a reason. It's supposed to be new...

Technically, the word "news" is plural for "new". Therefore, in this case, it's "olds"!

Electric Jolt said,

It's called news for a reason. It's supposed to be new...


Um, it is new (to me), therefore it's news (to me). Just because it isn't news to you, it does not mean it isn't news to other people.

Electric Jolt said,
It's called news for a reason. It's supposed to be new...

Its just a word, its not NEWs, nor is it an acronym of North, East, West and South. Its defined as "information about recent or important events", and no timescale is specified

MytMowse said,

News Stands for North East West South. (not joking) No because it's new.


I do hope you are joking because it would be sad that you think that.

MytMowse said,

News Stands for North East West South. (not joking) No because it's new.

Actually it's from Middle English "newes," meaning new things, tidings. From Microsoft Bookshelf 2000 (yes I still use it -- it's awesome. best systray app I run):

Word History: If you take the first letters of the directions North, East, West, and South, it is true that you have the letters of the word news, but it is not true that you have the etymology of news, contrary to what has often been thought. The history of the word is much less clever than this and not at all unexpected. News is simply the plural of the noun new, which we use, for example, in the adage “Out with the old, in with the new.” The first recorded user of this plural to mean “tidings” may have been James I of Scotland; a work possibly written by him around 1437 contains the words “Awak . . . I bring The [thee] newis [news] glad.” It is pleasant to see that the first news was good. However, his descendant James I of England is the first person recorded (1616) to have said “No newis is better than evill newis,” or as we would put it, “No news is good news.”

Excerpted from The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition Copyright © 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Yeah okay, because trying to force a country to change its policies like this just works so well doesnt it. Google and this company are just hurting their own profits, China - much like any economically large country - isnt going to change its national policy because of a few internet companies.

Ibutsu said,
More awesome news. Would be great if the internet could lead to the freeing of China from its dictatorship.

I would love to see that happen. I imagine one day the Chinese people will be able to enjoy the freedoms they deserve. I hope it happens soon.

Truth is, they need the western world.
If the western world decides something over their cheaper economy, nothing can stop them.
Problem is, money runs the world. Not for Google and GoDaddy, though.

Ricmacas said,
Truth is, they need the western world.
If the western world decides something over their cheaper economy, nothing can stop them.
Problem is, money runs the world. Not for Google and GoDaddy, though.
No they don't, they have done just fine without us. The true is we [the western world] need them and countries like America need to tread carefully with them otherwise they might demand their debt to be paid back in full, something the US cannot afford to do. We might not agree with how they run things but make no mistake if China cut all it's ties with the Western world it'd be us who would be screwed not them.

Xerxes said,
The true is we [the western world] need them and countries like America need to tread carefully with them otherwise they might demand their debt to be paid back in full, something the US cannot afford to do.

They can demand all they want, what are they going to do if the US doesn't pay.

I'd hate to be that repo guy.

rtk said,

They can demand all they want, what are they going to do if the US doesn't pay.

I'd hate to be that repo guy.

Then the US would just look stupid... among other things...

China: "Guys come on, pay up."
USA: "NO YOU COMMIE LOOOOOL."
China: -________________-

Edited by Kyang, Mar 28 2010, 10:39pm :

Xerxes said,
No they don't, they have done just fine without us. The true is we [the western world] need them and countries like America need to tread carefully with them otherwise they might demand their debt to be paid back in full, something the US cannot afford to do. We might not agree with how they run things but make no mistake if China cut all it's ties with the Western world it'd be us who would be screwed not them.
+1

Xerxes said,
No they don't, they have done just fine without us. The true is we [the western world] need them and countries like America need to tread carefully with them otherwise they might demand their debt to be paid back in full, something the US cannot afford to do. We might not agree with how they run things but make no mistake if China cut all it's ties with the Western world it'd be us who would be screwed not them.

+1

Xerxes said,
No they don't, they have done just fine without us. The true is we [the western world] need them and countries like America need to tread carefully with them otherwise they might demand their debt to be paid back in full, something the US cannot afford to do. We might not agree with how they run things but make no mistake if China cut all it's ties with the Western world it'd be us who would be screwed not them.

The truth is, the Chinese lent money to the United States in US dollar and the terms of these loans don't allow the Chinese to ask for the money out of the whim. The problem for China is that their dollar keeps growing while the USD drops in comparison, so the US pays back without accruing any interest! Obvisouly the Chinese counter this by devaluing their yaun, but we know what happens when you constantly print money (hyper inflation). And yet they still managed a trade deficit despite their attractive production costs from the devalued yaun.

The realists will tell you this: if the Americans were told they had to pay their debt, the Americans would reply...how will you enforce this? And...would you like us to stop manufacturing in your country so that your people are unemployed and become restless? No one has the upperhand in the world of globalization.

China needs the rest of the world because their entire economy is hinged on the manufacturing of goods.

The rest of the world needs China because businesses are in it to make money and to go somewhere will hurt their bottom line.

So yeah, they need each other.

now if all the toy and tech mfg's would pull out of china and bring their industrial complex to a suggen halt.... and bring those jobs back to the USA, and EU

neufuse said,
now if all the toy and tech mfg's would pull out of china and bring their industrial complex to a suggen halt.... and bring those jobs back to the USA, and EU

Amen

neufuse said,
now if all the toy and tech mfg's would pull out of china and bring their industrial complex to a suggen halt.... and bring those jobs back to the USA, and EU

Company's only care about money, and politics once it can impact their profits. As it stands, theres no profitable reason to pull out of china. Google did it because google doesnt really have a profit problem, and this is good publicity. You wont see manufacturers doing it because the day they do our tshirt prices will go out 4x. As much as i hate to say it, i already pay 40 bucks for my shirts, i dont need to pay more. This would have a HUGE impact on our economy. Everything with 'made in china' on it will go up in price. The jobs provided to the unemployed americans wont help those who are already working and just getting by with the increase in costs. And the current unemployed ppl who are just getting jobs again after that wont benefit either, as the cost of living will be too high.

Neoauld said,

Company's only care about money, and politics once it can impact their profits. As it stands, theres no profitable reason to pull out of china. Google did it because google doesnt really have a profit problem, and this is good publicity. You wont see manufacturers doing it because the day they do our tshirt prices will go out 4x. As much as i hate to say it, i already pay 40 bucks for my shirts, i dont need to pay more. This would have a HUGE impact on our economy. Everything with 'made in china' on it will go up in price. The jobs provided to the unemployed americans wont help those who are already working and just getting by with the increase in costs. And the current unemployed ppl who are just getting jobs again after that wont benefit either, as the cost of living will be too high.


There's an answer to that, it's called India. A safer environment than China, with more freedoms for the people, but still with "competitive" labor prices.

Neoauld said,

Company's only care about money, and politics once it can impact their profits. As it stands, theres no profitable reason to pull out of china. Google did it because google doesnt really have a profit problem, and this is good publicity. You wont see manufacturers doing it because the day they do our tshirt prices will go out 4x. As much as i hate to say it, i already pay 40 bucks for my shirts, i dont need to pay more. This would have a HUGE impact on our economy. Everything with 'made in china' on it will go up in price. The jobs provided to the unemployed americans wont help those who are already working and just getting by with the increase in costs. And the current unemployed ppl who are just getting jobs again after that wont benefit either, as the cost of living will be too high.


Do those shirts you buy for $40 say Made in China? because if that's the case then you are getting robbed dude... lol
Got o Aeropostale... none of their shirts are made in china... Thailand, India, Ecuador, Peru... but none made in china so there are alternatives for china...

Elessar said,
Good. It's about time people start saying NO to China.

to late they soon will rule the world, everything is going over there. start learning Chinese.

Elessar said,
Good. It's about time people start saying NO to China.

Far more companies left China back during the late 80's following the Tienanmen Square crackdown, but China ended up coming back stronger than ever... .

Edited by Kyang, Mar 29 2010, 12:35am :

nekrosoft13 said,

to late they soon will rule the world, everything is going over there. start learning Chinese.


The fact people refuse to learn Chinese shows it won't happen...