FREEDOM OF ACCESS. SECURITY OF CONTENT. ™
January 28, 2011 - Egypt
June 3, 2011 - Syria
On two days in 2011, a combined total of more than 100 million people were suddenly cut off from the Internet. Which country is next to be shut off from the Internet without notice?
Imagine how it would feel owning a business or running an organization that relied on a website being accessible worldwide and watching it get completely shut down due to a dictatorial government. Imagine being a citizen abroad trying to find information about the upheaval in your country, but the website you wanted to access was shut down because it was within the dictator's control. Uneasy feeling, isn't it?
January through March, 2010 - China
The .CN registry reverses its policy, and requires every registrant of .CN domains to submit a copy of a Chinese business license and a Chinese citizen photo identification. Private citizens can no longer own .CN domains, only businesses. Fearing censorship and reprisals, or simply unable to come up with the required documentation, many do not comply. The .CN registry deletes their domains, taking their websites permanently offline. From Q4 of 2009 to Q1 of 2010, over 35% (about 8 MILLION) of all .CN domains are deleted.
How would you feel if you had to submit a detailed business plan and wait many weeks to get government approval in order to register a domain name in your country, only to get denied permission? How would you feel if you were approved, built your business around that domain name, and then had it deleted because the government changed their minds?
Today - Worldwide
Internet censorship is coming to a global head. Hundreds of millions of people do not currently have the freedom to say what they want to say and how they want to say it, but they're trying anyway. Repressive governments are struggling to find ways to restrict their citizens' access to information, as they always have, but they cannot solve the Internet. People are looking for secure ways to get their published content online for the world to see, for their countrymen to access in their native languages, without fear of getting shut down due to cultural tension or ideological conflicts. For some, the fear of having a website taken down is minor compared to the fear of a knock on the door.
Sadly, these are real concerns for much of the Internet's global community.
By offering .WS "WorldSite" Internationalized Domains Names, or IDN, Global Domains International (GDI) is solving several serious Internet problems. Not only is GDI allowing much needed native character set access to websites worldwide, we are providing a safe avenue for content distribution. Every .WS IDN comes with private registration, free of charge. With private registration and without geographic or political restriction, .WS IDN allows any individual, group, or company to publish the website they truly desire in their own language. .WS maintains servers throughout the world, and cannot be taken offline by any one dictatorial action. Regardless of what is happening within a registrant's country, their website is globally accessible.
By offering IDN registrations without geographical or cultural restrictions, GDI is truly offering the world freedom of access and security of content.
Global Domains International welcomes you to join us today in our global mission to protect Our Internet:
ONE WORLD, ONE INTERNET, NO RESTRICTIONS. ™