Anonymous Blogging will be outlawed in China?

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?

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  1. […] Chinese Communist Party chief Hu Jintao has vowed to purify the Internet. This means more sensorship to Chinese online communities. The Great Firewall’s rule will be more ruthless, filtering more emails, web sites, causing more headaches and troubles to Chinese internet users and specially bloggers. I think this is a task that will be impossible for the Chinese authorities to successfully carry out in the long run. They’re even trying to ban anonymous blogging but looking at the numbers I think it’s doomed to fail. 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. […]

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