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Hong Kong Tightens Control of Internet After National Security Law

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Hong Kong Tightens Control of Internet After National Security Law

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After a few days of temporary blockage, Hong Kong Chronicles (hkchronicles.com), a website “dedicated to exposing people supporting tyranny and dictatorship in Hong Kong,” was permanently shut down on Jan. 13. On January 14, Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation (HKIRC) announced a new version of its Domain Name Registration Acceptable Use Policy, effective on January 28, 2021 (pdf). The new policy states that domain names should not be contrary to the public interest, including “disrupting the operation of the government of Hong Kong.” At its sole discretion, HKIRC may reject domain name registrations, terminate active domain names that it may deem to be a breach of the new policy, and disclose the information it has related to domain names to law enforcement authorities. Lento Yip, chairman of the Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association and a former board member of HKIRC, said, “I worry that the rules are not clear. Also, …

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