China Internet Network Information Center
:中国互联网络信息中心), or CNNIC
, was founded as a non-profit organization
on June 3, 1997. CNNIC is the administrative agency responsible for Internet affairs under the Ministry of Information Industry
of the People's Republic of China
CNNIC Responsibility Areas
Domain Name Registry Service
CNNIC is responsible for operating and administering China’s domain name registry. CNNIC manages both the “.CN” country code top level domain and the Chinese Domain Name system (Internationalized domain names that contain Chinese characters).
IP Address and Autonomous System Number (AS Number) Allocation Service
CNNIC allocates Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and AS Numbers to domestic ISPs and users. CNNIC is a National Internet Registry (NIR) acknowledged by the Asia-Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC). In late 2004 CNNIC launched an “IP Allocation Alliance” which simplified the procedures for obtaining lP addresses.
Catalogue Database Service
CNNIC is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the state top-level network catalog database. This database provides information on Internet users, web addresses, domain names, and AS numbers.
Technical Research on Internet Addressing
CNNIC conducts technical research and undertakes state technical projects based on its administrative and practical network technology experience.
Internet Survey and Statistics
CNNIC has conducted, and continues to conduct, surveys of Internet information resources. CNNIC maintains statistics on topics such as Internet bandwidth in China, Domain Name registrations, and Internet Development in China.
International Liaison and Policy Research
As the national Network Information Center (NIC), CNNIC maintains cooperative relationships with other International Internet Communities, and works closely with NICs of other countries.
Secretariat of the Internet Policy and Resource Committee, Internet Society of China (ISC)
CNNIC serves as the Secretariat of the ISC’s Internet Policy and Resource Committee. The Policy and Resource committee is in charge of tasks such as providing policy and legislation oriented suggestions to promote the growth of China’s internet, facilitating the development and application of Internet resources and relevant technologies, and actively participating in the research work of domestic Internet development and administration polices.
Secretariat of the Anti-Phishing Alliance of China (APAC)
In July 2008, a broad alliance of Chinese online commerce stakeholders, including CNNIC and several Chinese banks, founded the Anti-Phishing Alliance of China (APAC) in order to tackle phishing activities that abuse .cn sub-domain names. CNNIC also functions as the secretariat of APAC.