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This will further prevent citizens from voicing opinions or discussing rumors/news

China keeps a close eye on its citizens' actions, but those reigns will be pulled even tighter with an Internet access registration method the country plans to impose.

According to NBC News, China is looking to force citizens to provide their real names when signing up with Internet providers. This means that any Chinese resident would have to show their government-issued identity cards when entering into contracts for both fixed line and mobile Internet access.

What's odd is that Chinese citizens already have to show their IDs when signing contracts with Internet providers, so the forthcoming change to that method is unclear.

Chinese newspaper People's Daily said a new Internet access registration method would make for an Internet that is "healthier, more cultured and safer."

As of right now, Chinese citizens are not allowed to access certain websites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube because it allows public debate over the country's issues. Other websites are heavily censored for the same reason.

If the Internet access registration method becomes stricter and allows the government to know who's saying what, citizens will have no way of voicing opinions or discussing rumors/news.

Source: NBC News

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Not that the US...
By Noya on 12/26/2012 10:57:34 PM , Rating: 4
...feels all that different. I've been on some sites that REQUIRE a Facebook log-on to post comments, YouTube asking for real names, and the Facebook cookie tracking thing that pops up on most comment sections. Less than a decade and I bet you'll need a government issued license to go online in the US.

RE: Not that the US...
By retrospooty on 12/26/12, Rating: -1
RE: Not that the US...
By spread on 12/27/2012 1:12:01 AM , Rating: 1
Relax, America will be America and rise above as it always has.

Not because it's any good, but because the alternatives are much worse.

Also the dude you were responding to is correct. If you'll do a quick search, you will see for yourself.

RE: Not that the US...
By retrospooty on 12/27/2012 7:11:43 AM , Rating: 2
It'll never happen.

RE: Not that the US...
By thecolorblue on 12/27/2012 8:50:21 PM , Rating: 1

you are terribly uninformed - that's a fact

RE: Not that the US...
By retrospooty on 12/28/2012 10:40:04 AM , Rating: 2
I'll believe it when it happens. Not when ridiculously uninformed stories are available on the internet.

RE: Not that the US...
By marvdmartian on 12/27/2012 8:51:24 AM , Rating: 2
Not that it's very difficult to sign up for a FB account with a bogus name, if you don't want all the extraneous posts on your personal account.

Me, I just use my Chinese pron name:
Hung So Lo ;)

RE: Not that the US...
By corduroygt on 12/27/2012 12:15:45 PM , Rating: 3
That's the doing of those sites, not the government.
Besides, your ISP has your billing info and address, so I don't see how we are any different right now.

RE: Not that the US...
RE: Not that the US...
By NellyFromMA on 12/27/2012 1:38:33 PM , Rating: 2
LOL!!!! You're equating China's domestic firewall policy and subsequent human rights abuses to whether or not a website requires you LOG IN before posting! WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!?!< br />
The quality of comments when people actually register are dismal as it is, nevermind places where you can do so anonymously!

Yes, the internet probably is trending towards ID based authentication but saying we are like China in anyway in the dept is straight up dismissing the facts.

The comparison is Apples and Buicks.

RE: Not that the US...
By PrinceGaz on 12/28/2012 3:29:18 PM , Rating: 2
But, but, but...

... if you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear :)

Is it different elsewhere?
By Strunf on 12/27/2012 8:23:09 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know how it is in the US but here (Switzerland) you also give you real name when signing up for anything, you're making a contract and you don't make a contract with fake names.

RE: Is it different elsewhere?
By Tupoun on 12/27/2012 9:24:58 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah ... the same here (Czech Republic/Germany and as far as I know Austria). You have to provide your ID while signing the contract with your ISP. I can't imagine to come and say: "Hello, Fredie Krueger here ... sorry no ID, I want internet connection for this house".

I used to live in UK, where it is so easily either to steal or create fake identity there (I always wondered how easy is that - companies including banks rely on some sheet of paper called electric bill or whatsoever and they even consider this to be a reliant proof of your existence, no photo nothing, just a good printer or "steal" from somebody's trash bin). Unimaginable here ... companies mostly demand two ID's, your identity card plus driving licence or passport or certificate of birth.

RE: Is it different elsewhere?
By NellyFromMA on 12/27/2012 1:50:25 PM , Rating: 2
In the US, you do submit your name and social security to the ISP (cable or phone company usually) but its just for billing. An IP address does not equate to an ID of individual user, a whole family can access the internet from the same IP and MAC Address, friends visiting can do so as well.

The internet seems destined to offer an ID based auth system that does ID an individual. I don't think the open-internet (if you will) will be gone, but you will see services shift away.

Still, that shift is going to take a solid decade if not longer even in the US. It would stiffle innovation way too much during these 'hard economic times'.

i might be wrong but... south korea?
By mackx on 12/27/2012 11:10:27 AM , Rating: 2
don't they have something like this in south korea? everyone has some kind of ID they have to use for online services/games?

By mackx on 12/27/2012 11:14:07 AM , Rating: 2
damn you lack of edit.

anyway, found it

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