- Hans Weber
- December 1, 2023
Hundreds of Websites Blocked in the Czech Republic Due to Incorrect Data and Lack of Representation
Date – In the past month, the Czech Republic has seen a surge in website blockages, with hundreds of domains being restricted due to incorrect data provided by web owners or lack of representation. The organization responsible for managing Czech domains, CZ.NIC, has been regularly updating and maintaining a list of blocked websites in adherence to established guidelines.
As of this week, the number of blocked domains in the Czech Republic has reached 1,656. The majority of these blocks are attributed to issues such as incorrect data provided by the domain owner or a lack of proper representation. Additionally, certain domains have been blocked based on decisions made by law enforcement or other public authorities.
The list of blocked domains is consistently updated on an hourly basis, leading to fluctuations in the number of blocked websites throughout the day. Notably, in June, there were 1,297 blocked domains, and this figure has now increased to 1,656 as of this week.
One of the primary motivations behind CZ.NIC’s publication of the list of blocked websites is to enhance transparency concerning the process of removing domain names from the Domain Name System (DNS). The list encompasses domains that have been blocked under Article 17 of the domain registration rules, which addresses instances of incorrect data being associated with the domain name owner.
In the past, certain Czech websites known for disseminating disinformation and Russian propaganda, such as Aeronet.cz and Protiproud.cz, were blocked under Article 17. Although no domains are currently blocked under this particular article, a substantial number of Czech domains remain restricted due to inaccurate data or lack of proper representation.
To avoid facing domain blockages, web owners are urged to ensure that their data is accurate and up-to-date. CZ.NIC is dedicated to increasing transparency and tackling issues arising from incorrect data and representation. Their ongoing efforts are expected to remain a priority in the Czech Republic.
For those interested in exploring the complete list of blocked domains, CZ.NIC’s website provides access to this information. By maintaining transparency and addressing concerns effectively, the goal is to promote a secure and reliable online environment in the Czech Republic.
Article by Prague Forum