CZ.NIC Association Blocks Increasing Number of Websites, Promoting Transparency

The CZ.NIC Association, the organization responsible for managing Czech domains with the .cz extension, has recently intensified its efforts to block websites. Currently, there are 1297 domains on the list of blocked websites. The reasons for blocking vary and can include incorrect information about the domain name holder, decisions made by law enforcement authorities, or violations of Article 17 of the domain name registration rules.

The majority of Czech domains are blocked due to issues such as inaccurate information about the domain holder or the failure to provide a designated representative. None of the currently blocked domain names (1297 in total) violate national or international computer security, as per Article 17 of the registration rules.

The publication of the list of blocked domains serves the purpose of enhancing transparency in the process of removing domain names from the Domain Name System (DNS). The list will be regularly updated, providing interested parties with insights into the reasons behind the blocking.

One significant application of domain blocking was observed following the invasion of Russian armed forces into Ukraine in late February of the previous year. Domestically hosted disinformation websites that spread Russian propaganda were among those blocked. Examples of such websites include Aeronet.cz, Protiproud.cz, Ceskobezcenzury.cz, Voxpopuliblog.cz, Prvnizpravy.cz, Czechfreepress.cz, Exanpro.cz, and Skrytapravda.cz.

To access the complete list of blocked domains, interested individuals can visit the CZ.NIC website, where the information is directly available.

The CZ.NIC Association’s initiative to block websites highlights its commitment to upholding the integrity of the .cz domain extension and ensuring compliance with legal and security standards. By promoting transparency through the publication of the blocked domains list, CZ.NIC aims to provide a clearer understanding of the reasons behind these actions and foster a more secure online environment.

 

Article by Prague Forum

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