China Looking to Form New Internet?

In a move that some speculate to be the initial steps towards a possible breakaway from the global Internet, new versions of top-level domains will be added on separate Chinese root servers, China's Ministry of Information Industry said on Tuesday.

According to the state-run People's Daily, the country is launching ".cn," ".com," and ".net" in Chinese.

The adjustments were made to bring the country's domain names into agreement with an article in a government decree known as the China Internet Domain Names Regulations.

"It means Internet users don't have to surf the Web via the servers under the management of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) of the United States," the paper wrote. The story was ambiguous as to exactly what the country's plans were. BetaNews | China Looking to Form New Internet?

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