The IT community in Hong Kong is bracing itself for a hi-tech revolution following the handing over of the former British colony to mainland China earlier this week. Two major areas of change on the horizon are alterations to the colony?s Interent domain name and the resolution of conflicting policies on encryption.
Hong Kong-based Internet addresses currently use the domain name of .hk. The Hong Kong telecommunications authorities have said in recent weeks that it would be unthinkable to change this, but it is widely expected that the authorities in Beijing will insist that this is scrapped and replaced with the Chinese version, .cn.
In addition, Beijing is likely to impose its own restricive policies on encryption technology. While access to such products has been relatively easy in Hong Kong - where the financial community has made extensive use of them in trading systems, the Chinese government has made them almost impossible to procure.
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