In China, the internet has become an important platform for citizens’ participation in policy making and criticism of officials. The freedom of the internet is largely guaranteed by the anonymity it offers users. However efforts to deprive the users of such freedom have never stopped. Not long ago, a young man in Shanghai was arrested because he accused his hometown government of corruption. The amazing fact is that the local police traveled hundreds of miles to Shanghai to hunt him down after identifying him as the blogger.
Now the authorities in Hangzhou seems to be taking these effort even further. The city congress has legislated that all local users, including bloggers, should register with their real names.
A post by blogger West-of-Lake-West is very popular on the internet these days. This blog entry detailed several articles in a regulation which was to be implemented on 1st May. The piece of law, passed by city congress, is named ‘Regulation on Protection of Computer Information and Internet safety’ (计算机信息网络安全保护管理条例).
In article 18, the blogger found that
The blogger questioned:
He then posted online the article 19:
An article he found to be the most ridiculous is:
He made fun of the article:
Finally he said he would be considered as a criminal after 1 May, because