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China moves towards "real name system" for blogs [today.reuters.co.uk]
The Internet Society of China has recommended to the government that bloggers be required to use their real names when they register blogs, state media said on Monday, in the latest attempt to regulate free-wheeling Web content.
The society, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Information Industry, said no decision had been made but that a 'real name system' was inevitable.
It would only be tested if a blog required 'investigation' due to undesirable content. It would then be a much more serious crime, if the blog was both undesirable and 'mislabelled'. Tracing the owner, of course, would be a doddle.
It might be possible to have a registration system, whereby the registration name has to be the same as the display name, which would mean outlawing every 'unofficial' blog.
Either way, you can bet that human rights don't come very close :)