tedster - 6:14 am on Mar 25, 2010 (gmt 0)
The world's largest registrar of internet domain names said Wednesday that it was pulling out of China in the wake of strict new laws that allegedly will increase government surveillance of web sites...
Jones [Christine Jones, general counsel for Go Daddy] said the new Chinese policies required every website owner to submit photographs, business information and individually signed forms, as well as their physical address, email address and telephone numbers.
'We didn't want to act as an agent of the Chinese government,' Jones said. 'We can't let them be strong and us be weak all the time. We just have to stop it, and then we'll start offering .CN domain names again.'
I watched a bit of this hearing on C-SPAN - the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC). GoDaddy's spokeperson was asked if Google's situation influenced them. She emphasized that tey made this decision independently and were not influenced by Google's situation in China.