China Gets Tougher on Internet Users
...while Burma opens way for private daily newspapers
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 28, 2012 6:00 AM CST
A man uses a computer at an internet cafe in central Beijing, China, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012.    (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

(Newser) – No more aliases for China's Internet users. The government now requires users to give service providers their real names, a move that could potentially silence some microblog chatter. Internet firms are also facing more pressure to remove and report any banned postings. The crackdown comes after Internet users recently revealed details of sexual and financial scandals online, ending the careers of at least 10 officials, the New York Times notes.

Meanwhile, Burma is moving in the opposite direction. For the first time in decades, the country is allowing private daily papers starting in April. "It is the beginning of the third and final stage of the media reforms in the country," an official tells Reuters, noting that "about a dozen applicants" to publish papers are expected. As it stands, all daily newspapers are run by the government.

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Libris_Fidelis
Dec 28, 2012 7:58 PM CST
There is no such country as Burma! It is the Peoples' Republic of Mayanmar, which is also not true because the tyrannical ownership of the country's political system is still in the hands of the dictator! As for China, they must be smarter than THAT, after all, they have their own internet system separate from the World Wide Web !!! Every computer that goes online shouts out to the world "I am computer number and I am online!" Your computer identity goes around the world the moment you sign on, and it is a simple matter for the Chinese web to document who goes online and posts in individual social networks! It's the news people who don't know this, but the news people do not even know that George W. Bush is no longer president !!!!
right2dave
Dec 28, 2012 7:02 PM CST
A little less porn in China?
DougMasters
Dec 28, 2012 9:33 AM CST
"The crackdown comes after Internet users recently revealed details of sexual and financial scandals online, ending the careers of at least 10 officials" Well, that's china for ya. Its ok china, we have that kinda crap, its common knowledge only it ends no ones career.