China’s Real Name Register targets “improper” web use

October 24, 2010

Internet users in China will soon be required to reveal their identities before they surf the web. This, Chinese government officials have told FutureGov, will enable China’s netizens to “speak freely” in a secure environment.

The Real Name Registration (RNR) project, known as Wang Luo Shi Ming Zhi in Chinese, will require China’s 400 million internet users to enter their national ID card number, or other official ID number, before they can use popular news and commercial web sites. Posting on a blog, forum, or commenting on social media would require use of a real name, or at least the deletion of an anonymous comment. The idea is to curb spam and fraud, and prevent “improper use” of the web, explained Feng Weiping.

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