The Blogger’s Self-Discipline Pledge – Maya Alexandri

Danwei reports that the government is soliciting opinions on the new self-discipline pledge for bloggers:

While the draft doesn’t break new ground in the realm of Internet regulation, it is significant for two reasons. First, the Chinese government appears to have abandoned mandatory real name registration ” at least for the time being ” and is offering this Public Pledge as an alternative. Second, that the Internet Society of China is soliciting public opinion on the draft is a positive development. Both points suggest that the Chinese government is sensitive to public opinion and seeking to tread carefully around this issue. If true, this would represent a welcome shift in governance style. [Full text]