The Great Firewall Gets Bigger
China's Firewall expands:
China's government tightened Internet controls Friday with approval of a law that requires users to register their names after a flood of online complaints about official abuses rattled Communist Party leaders.I wish I could say there weren't lawmakers in the U.S. who didn't want to do the same thing...
Authorities say the law will strengthen protections for personal information. But it also is likely to curtail the Internet's status as a forum to complain about the government or publicize corruption.
The latest measure requires users to provide their real names and other identifying information when they register with access providers or post information publicly.
"This is needed for the healthy development of the Internet," said Li Fei, deputy director of the legislature's Legal Work Committee, at a news conference.
Li rejected complaints that the public will be deprived of a forum that has been used to expose misconduct.
"The country's constitution protects citizens' rights in supervising and criticizing the state and government officials' behavior," Li said.