Officials with the Internet Society of China (ISC) have confirmed that China
is exploring adopting a real name system in parts of the Internet,
Shanghai-based Oriental Morning Post reported yesterday.
Hu Qiheng, chairman of the board of directors of the ISC, was reported to
have said on Tuesday at Info China 2006 in Beijing that China is making attempts
to strike a balance between individual privacy and public interests.
"The past understanding of privacy is too absolute. Not only China, but also
the whole world, should realize the necessity of balancing individual privacy
and public and national interests," he said.
A new system is likely to be adopted, requiring Chinese netizens to submit
information like real names and ID card numbers when they register a blog or a
BBS (Bulletin Board Service) account.
Netizens will be able to continue choosing their own online name, and as long
as they do not violate laws their personal information will remain private and
The first area for real name application will be blogs, a popular form of
Blogs have been used by some people to infringe upon other people's privacy
For example an infamous TV host had thousands of netizens visit her blog just
because she wrote an article about a well-known TV anchor's marriage history,
which included some allegedly false information.
As a blogger's real name is unknown, it is very difficult to safeguard
privacy and rights.
The society, affiliated to the Ministry of Information Industry, was
entrusted by the ministry to form a blog research panel to provide solutions for
the development of China's blog industry.
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