China Plans To Mandate Real Names For Online Handles

China Plans To Mandate Real Names For Online Handles

A new law would banish anonymous communication.

Yofred Moik
  • 15 july 2010

China’s friction with the free-wheeling Internet is about to get worse, with the country’s leading Internet regulator strongly pushing for reducing online anonymity.  A concerned human rights group recently revealed that China plans on imposing a real name system for online forums and bulletin boards while deleting all anonymous comments. Such new laws would regulate a mandatory procedure for citizens to use their real names as their Internet handle. China’s hyper-moderation of online discussion is in direct opposition to traditional anonymity-based cyberculture and the free dissemination of information.

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