China to Back Down from “Real Name” Blog Rules – Reuters
China is to back down from a plan to require bloggers to use their real names when they register Web logs, following an outcry over the proposal from the Internet industry, official media reported on Tuesday.
Instead, the government would promote a ‘self-discipline code‘ that would encourage, but not mandate, bloggers to register under their own names, the report said, citing draft guidelines published by the Internet Society of China.
“The ISC, with the backing of the Ministry of Information Industry, is trying to rally industry players to sign up to the self-discipline code for the promotion of a less rigorous real-name system,” state-run Xinhua news agency reported. [Full Text]