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China is considering measures to force all its 400m internet users to register their real names before making comments on the country's myriad chat-rooms and discussion forums, in a further sign of tightening controls on freedom of speech.
The move comes less than a week after China announced a hardening of its State Secrets law, requiring internet and mobile phone operators to inform on their customers and co-operate with police demands for information on users.
Originally posted by dolphinfan
This is another sign that China is in real trouble. Their economy is ready to implode with some experts predicing a crash in 9-18 months.
Their entire economy is driven by both exports and construction. Both are tied (no exports, no domestic cash to fund construction) and the tide has turned on this.
The global economic disaster will result in a more simple life for fplks in the richest parts of the world and the materialistic purchase of goods is going to drop dramatically and that will hammer the Chinese. Like after the depression, it could well take a generation for that to come back, until the consumers are people who have not lived through these times and have not learned the lesson of thrift folks are learning today.
This rule is to stop communication from happening within China. The diversity of local communities and the simple matter of geography along with their state control will mean very differrent policys in different parts of the country.
Travel restrictions are on the horizon.
These folks are going to clamp down and hard over the next year
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