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Chinese Bloggers Encouraged to Register Contact Info 95

Posted by samzenpus
from the and-where-can-we-arrest-you dept.
Raver32 writes "Blog service providers in China are "encouraged" to register users with their real names and contact information, according to a new government document that tones down an earlier proposal banning anonymous online blogging. At least 10 major Chinese blog service providers have agreed to sign the "self-discipline pledge" issued by the Internet Society of China, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported."
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Chinese Bloggers Encouraged to Register Contact Info

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  • by Joaz Banbeck (1105839) on Thursday August 23, 2007 @02:46PM (#20334749)
    dou.zanz.ded@tienamensquare
  • Makes sense (Score:1, Flamebait)

    by OrangeTide (124937)
    It is good for society when you take responsibility for the things The Party tells you to take responsibility for.

    Why don't these antics from communist China surprise me? These agreements don't mean much since Chinese courts do whatever the hell they feel like anyways.
    • It is good for society when you take responsibility for the things The Party tells you to take responsibility for.

      Why don't these antics from communist China surprise me? These agreements don't mean much since Chinese courts do whatever the hell they feel like anyways.

       
      You're right, cause here in the USA our courts respect the Constit....oh wait...
      • Liberal BS. I'll ignore it.

        Why don't you explore outside your own country and examine other systems of government before you decide the US is the great satan.
        • Liberal BS. I'll ignore it.

          Why don't you explore outside your own country and examine other systems of government before you decide the US is the great satan.


          Whos a liberal? The freedom of the individual is paramount, and that unfortunately is neither a liberal or conservative idea. Neither party fully support the Constitution. I believe in the Constitution as its written. The 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, the commerce clause, especially. Who has a better system of goverment than our constitution as written?
          • Yes it's all a big conspiracy. Nobody can get a fair trial anymore, especially if you're a minority. All judges are bought off by corporate interests.

            It's fine to dislike flaws in the US judicial system, and seek to correct them. But the liberal BS is when you compared the US to other systems and ignore when the US is more fair just because you take issue with a relatively minor problem.

            You have blinders on if you think when I am critical of Chinese courts that I am holding up US courts as perfect and unass
            • Well I would rather be on trial here in the US than China. My point was all courts do whatever the hell they want in a matter of speaking. Which court is worse is a matter of your point of view.
              • Yea, I guess I'm just not smoking enough cannabis to understand your point of view.

                Sorry for all the insults, but I felt it was necessary to fight stupid with stupid. Perhaps liberalism is a mental disorder [amazon.com], who knows.
                • Bill O' Reilly is that you? Anyone who disagrees with you is dumb and liberal, now thats a sign of a superior intellect. And for the last time Im not a Liberal, Im a registered Libertarian. Speaking of intelligence, and stereotypes, I bet you spend your Sundays at church with the rest of the conservative sheeple.
                  • What does Bill O'Reilly have to do with Michael Savage? I fail to see the connection. Howard Stern has a radio show too, let's include him in the discussion as well.

                    Your stupidity has nothing to do with your being a Libertarian. I myself am a small-l lbertarian (and read publications of groups like the Cato Institute regularly). And one of my favourite books is by Milton Friedman. All of which is irrelevant to the discussion.

                    Just because you don't think you're one of those nancy boy far left card carrying d
                    • if all you can think of is to criticize your own country and end any constructive discussion about the problems outside our borders, then you are working for Them.

                      and who is this nefarious "Them"?
                    • I thought you said you were a big-L Libertarian, I'm sure you can come up with plenty of conspiracy theories without my help.
                    • I capitalized a noun, not everyone falls into your neat categories. Not to mention you dodged the question. Are you a professional politician?
          • by Grishnakh (216268)
            I just don't like those that trample the Constitution, and those that allow it to happen (the courts).

            But that's the job of the courts. This is the legacy of the idiotic British Common Law system. In Common Law countries, laws as written by legislatures really aren't very important; what's ultimately binding is what some weasely lawyer can convince a jury of morons of in a court. Then, whatever idiocy this decision is, becomes law through something called "legal precendent".

            A lot of people seem to compla
  • by make dev (1004307) on Thursday August 23, 2007 @02:51PM (#20334829)

    "Blog providers should monitor and manage comments ... and delete illegal and bad information in a timely manner,"

    Delete "Bad" information? Is that the one with the evil bit turned on?
  • by 8127972 (73495) on Thursday August 23, 2007 @02:59PM (#20334921)
    .... When the government decides to execute you for dissident activities, they can send your family an invoice for the bullet.
    • When the government decides to execute you for dissident activities, they can send your family an invoice for the bullet.

      You misunderstand the communist system.
      There is no private property, hence bullets are distributed free of charge.
      In fact, they will probably distribute bullets to your family as well - *Gratis*.
      It's really a wonderful system.
  • Does anyone know (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) on Thursday August 23, 2007 @03:06PM (#20334985)
    Is it common knowledge in China how much the government restricts freedom? Or is it something that barely anyone inside the country is aware of?
    • by cshay (79326)
      You should check out this Frontline piece on China [pbs.org]. In it they manage to candidly interview a couple students from a top university there and showed them photos of "Tank Man" [wikipedia.org], and they did not recognize the image. It seems as though any recorded history of the 1989 uprising ha been eliminated in China.
      • by Wootery (1087023)
        On clicking "The Struggle to Control Information", I was informed that

        We regret that we are unable to stream this video for visitors from the U.K. and Ireland due to a contractual rights agreement with Channel 4.
        I believe that qualifies as supremely ironic.
      • by jacobfan (1147411)
        For a Chinese, there are at least two possible interpretation for this
        1. These students really do not know what the photo means;
        2. Some of them actually recognized what it is, but decided not to comment on it, because it is politically sensitive.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Chandon Seldon (43083)

      Is it common knowledge in the USA just how much the government / mainstream media warps people's view of the world through carefully constructed propaganda?

      Your reaction to that statement is probably about the same as the way a Chinese person of similar political awareness would react to your statement. Actually, if anything, the big difference between a Chinese and American person is acceptance vs. denial.

      • by Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) on Thursday August 23, 2007 @06:08PM (#20337261)
        Is it common knowledge in the USA just how much the government / mainstream media warps people's view of the world through carefully constructed propaganda?

        Honestly? I have no idea. I know that I know that the government and media warp everything, and my friends are aware of it too. But I have no idea how much the average person is aware of it.
    • I leave in China. My co-workers and friends know it... but it's not something to talk about, even if I live in a relatively free-minded area of the country (i.e. here you don't get executed for talking about it in public, just moved away (for your own good) by guards). It's part of the overall acceptance of one's fate.
    • by XchristX (839963)

      Is it common knowledge in China how much the government restricts freedom

      It's fairly common knowledge among expats. A co-student in my Uni is the son of Chinese expatriate (the fellow came across the Pacific in a tugboat, no less) and he's quite aware of the brutalities of the PRC communists. Presumably they found out inside the PRC itself.

      Dissent is alive, though fiercely opposed by the Beijing politburo.

      PRC apologists here on slashdot (or anywhere) should talk to more geeks in the Chinese diaspora. They use google.tw more than google.cn for a reason.

  • I can't even imagine how many death threats I would have gotten by now for saying bad things about Ubuntu, if people had my real contact information.
  • Cue ... (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Cue the "Record Number of Chinese ISP Owners Commit Suicide" headlines in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...
  • encouraged with what, beatings in nearest state penitiary ?
  • > Blog service providers in China are "encouraged" to register users with their real names and contact information,

    Or just use your Yahoo! account and they'll hand it (and you) over to the Communists for you.
  • Oh wait, MySpace is supposed to close and report accounts of sex offenders. How are they going to do this without getting their real names or make sure the information doesn't end up in government's hands for other reasons?
  • Well, they actually don't need everyone to publish their name in order to know where to find "abusers". I work for one of the biggest blogging service company in Russia. In the last 3 - 4 years maybe 15 people were brought to court over something they wrote in their blog and our company was _never_ asked to release some info about the blogger in question. They somehow manage to do without us.
    • by jacobfan (1147411)
      Psychologically, if you put your real name on the blog, you will do more self-censoring than before in a country without freedom of speech.

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