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China’s bloggers must use real names under proposed law


China Internet UsersNew legislation governing the internet, which officials claim is aimed at combating online vigilantes and privacy breaches, is proving controversial on the mainland because it will require bloggers and bulletin board users to register using their real names.

Many internet users say it is an attempt to further curb freedom of speech and have expressed concern that it could scare off many wanting to expose corrupt officials.

A draft proposal to “strengthen protection of internet information “, discussed at a National People’s Congress Standing Committee meeting on Monday, would oblige internet service providers to protect personal information and restrict the sending of spam text messages and e-mails.

Li Fei , deputy director of the NPC’s Legislative Affairs Committee, told the meeting that because of “difficulty in getting evidence and punishing the right person” in cases of online crimes, “it’s necessary to strengthen regulation of the identity of internet users”, state media reported.

He was quoted as saying that people would be legally required to register with their real names when they signed up for platforms that released information, such as blogs, microblogs and bulletin board services. Such platforms have become a major source of anti-corruption exposés recently.

Microblog users were told to register their real identities by March this year in a bid to curb “rumours and vulgarity”, but that was a directive rather than a law.

Official propaganda on the legislation has focused on online frauds and harassing phone calls, but more people are concerned about the basic human right of information freedom.

The proposal will became law if passed by the NPC Standing Committee. The whole text was not released after Monday’s discussion.

Hua Lijia , a prosecutor in Huhehot, Inner Mongolia , said public supervision of government would be affected if the proposal was adopted.

“Many ordinary people are not good at fighting or cannot bear revenge, so they have to protect themselves first,” he said.

Duan Xingyan , a policeman in Jiujiang , Jiangxi , said that if people circulated rumours online, it was already possible to trace them.

“But if you register with your real name and someone steals your account and spreads a rumour in your name, undeserved punishment could happen”, he wrote on his microblog.

Professor Shen Kui , from Peking University‘s law school, questioned the legal reasoning behind the proposal.

He said that it was not technically necessary, since the police could already bust online crimes without requiring real name registration, for example, via a user’s IP address, while it could frighten off many potential whistleblowers.

“When the negative social influence goes beyond the cost of busting crimes, the reasoning of this legislation is insufficient,” Shen said.

Source: SCMP “China’s bloggers must use real names under proposed law”
 
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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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