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China Passes Real-Name Registration

China Real Name Registration

A new regulation in China will require Internet service provider users to register using only their romance and to also prevent spreading content that would appear to oppose national interest.

Users will also be monitored and also punished for using usernames that are purposefully misleading such as Obama, or Putin. This information was released by the Chinese state media and the rules go into effect immediately. It is thought that some of the countries Internet companies may be adversely affected by this change.

These requirements apply to news comment sections, forums, instant messaging, blogs, personal websites, and any other way in which information can be shared on the Internet. These rules will be monitored and enforced by the cyberspace administration of China. This is the country's largest Internet regulator, and it will be empowered to take action against users that violate the new rules.

Although Internet users will be able to select their own usernames and avatars they will be restricted from any association with illegal or unhealthy content. China refers to this issue is username chaos and claims that it has become a serious problem on the Chinese Internet. The China news service said in a report on these regulations that fake accounts had polluted their Internet ecology, and harmed the interests of the country as well as the individuals living in.

According to the China news service all of the Internet companies currently doing business in China will be required to devote staff and resources to implement these new requirements. The new regulations ban nine categories of usernames including ethnic discrimination, hatred, anything harming national unity, anything harming national security, anything involving national secrets and more. Names that promotes things such as violence, pornography, gambling, superstition, terror, or even rumors are also banned.

Before given any type of Internet service all users will be required to agree to respect the law, the socialist political system and social morality before they can access the Internet. Chinese Internet companies have resisted efforts in the past implement real name registration. The current situation is coming amid an intense ideological and political miasma that is surrounding the Internet. The idea that China is being infiltrated by Western ideas and higher education is a concern. Also a concern is that artists must produce work that is more patriotic and in line with the socialist Chinese thinking.

The Chinese president in an effort to quiet any dissent in the new Internet regulations has created a committee on Internet security and placed himself as the leader. He is also the leader of a group that is currently replacing any Western made computer chips with those made in a socialist country if not China itself.

An expert on Chinese Internet said that any one person, one account situation you will see a lot of water flow out of the system. The real name requirements might hurt current products such as instant messaging and Internet search but it will also devastate the ever-growing "zombie" accounts that are causing a great deal of issues on the Internet outside of China.

This does mean however Chinese Internet companies are going to have to deal with an increased operational cost while at the same time also experiencing a decrease in the number of users that they have. It is speculated that companies in China will continue to resist this new effort however government spokespeople claim that they are not likely to give up on real name registration this time.

The Chinese president claims that the stability of society national security is at the top the list the Chinese government and that the real name registration policy is at the heart of correcting grave issues with the Chinese Internet. He also states that Chinese Internet providers will have choices of several levels of identity validation that will both meet governmental requirements as well as fit within their current technological structure. This is an order to provide the security is required without undue hardship on the companies themselves.