Slow Down on the Internet Real Name Registration System

August 29, 2005

The following is a partial translation by CECC staff of an opinion piece reprinted on the People's Daily Web site indicating the debate within China about requiring Internet users to register on BBSs, news groups, and games using their real names. Click here for more CECC coverage of this issue.

I believe that, if it is necessary to implement an Internet real name system, then it should be divided into different domains, especially the economic domain, for example signing contracts and online shopping, should be coordinated with an electronic signature law in order to affirmatively resolve the many problems that currently exist. With respect to such things as groups and BBSs, however, it would be best to let Internet users have freedom.