China to Force Web Users to Disclose Real Names?

From the Times of India:

China could introduce a system requiring web users to provide their real names before posting comments online, state media reported on Wednesday, as authorities move to tighten control over the internet.

Administrators of major websites in China, who are responsible for screening online postings, are already required to register their real names, the China Daily said. “We are also exploring an identity authentication system for users of online bulletin board systems,” Wang Chen, the head of the State Council Information Office, was quoted as saying.

Web users currently have to log on to major news portals before sending postings — effectively banning anonymous comments. But they are not yet required to provide their real names.

See also:
– “China to force internet users to register real names” from the Telegraph
– “Ministry: Time to get ‘real’ on China’s Internet” from China Daily
– “Plan to unmask 400 m Net users” from Global Times