China’s Main Blog Service Providers Subscribe To Self-Discipline Code – People’s Daily

People’s Daily reports that in lieu of failed attempts to implement real-name registration for blogs, blog-hosting companies are now signing a “self-discipline pledge.”:

More than ten major Chinese blog service providers have agreed to sign the “self-discipline code for blog services” drawn up by the Internet Society of China (ISC).

…Real-name registration is only to be “encouraged” instead of being made compulsory, originally the intention of the government until it met with fierce opposition. Blog service providers are required to ensure security and confidentiality of information that bloggers prefer to keep secret, according to the code. [Full text]