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Check Your Pseudonym At the Door

Check Your Pseudonym At the Door

China’s Crackdown on Internet Anonymity: Tell Us Your Real Name Or Stay Off the Microblogs

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Yesterday, China’s authoritarian government unveiled yet another set of restrictions that might soon be levied on Internet users. In a document prepared by the National Internet Information Office (a division of China’s “powerful” State Council), the authorities proposed forcing users to register with their official ID card before they can log on to the country’s microblogging sites, which are called “weibo” in China. The new rule would also require an official ID for “all the blogs and online forums,” says PC World.

As Reuters notes, the country has been escalating censorship of Internet users over the past few months as the country gets ready for a leadership transition, which happens once a decade. Read More