The Great Firewall of China monitors, filters and blocks all the websites and email contents. If you’re in China you won’t be able to browse CNN, BBC and other international news smoothly, and you’ll have a terrible experience of sending and receiving emails. There will be a lot of unexplained bounce back emails and sometime emails lost in black holes. To further extend their control over the net, now China is moving towards ‘real name’ system for blogs.
The Internet Society of China has recommended to the government that bloggers be required to use their real names when they register blogs, state media said on Monday, in the latest attempt to regulate free-wheeling Web content.
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.
Implementation of this will mean an end to anonymity, threat to privacy and a further curb on free speech. I quite doubt how effective they’ll be in implementing this system, looking at the number of blogs and bloggers in China.
China now boasts over 17.5 million bloggers, producing nearly 34 million blogs. An estimated 75 million Chinese netizens—more than half the country’s estimated 130 million Internet users—are blog readers.
But China has a reputation for being ruthless in implementing their policies and they do have technical, human and financial resources at their disposal. I think they’ll try very hard and ultimately fail. What do you think?