China to force bloggers to use their real name

Posted on Wednesday, October 25 2006 @ 7:27 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
The Internet Society of China recommended to the government that bloggers be required to use their rel names when they register blogs:
The society, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Information Industry, said no decision had been made but that a 'real name system' was inevitable.

"A real name system will be an unavoidable choice if China wants to standardise and develop its blog industry," the official Xinhua news agency quoted the Internet Society's secretary general, Huang Chengqing, as saying.

"We suggest, in a recent report submitted to the ministry, that a real name system be implemented in China's blog industry," Huang said.
More details at Reuters.

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