China Web Sites Require Users’ True Names and Identities

Apparently, China has recently introduced new government rules that require users of web site to use their true names and identities. It was done under secrecy because of fear from negative public reaction; the chief editor of one Chinese site said, “The influence of public opinion on the Net is still too big.”

The reason the government gave for this new law is that it is to encourage “social responsibility” and “civility” among users.

According to the NY Times,

government censors have closed thousands of sites in a continuing war on “vulgarity,” closed liberal forums and blogs for spreading “harmful information,” blocked access to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, and cut off Internet service where serious unrest has erupted, notably in the Xinjiang region of the west after deadly clashes between ethnic Uighurs and Han in July. Increasingly, officials have defended the Web shutdowns on the grounds of national security.

Read the original NY Times story for more details.

About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on September 8, 2009, in Privacy, Technology and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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