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Chinese city bans anonymous web postings

An internet campaign by bloggers in China successfully halted construction of a chemical plant in the city of Xiamen, China.  The voices of the people were heard, but those voices will have to have names from now on.  City officials reacted after the internet was used to to spur a protest march on the construction site.

The new ban on anonymous users requires that anyone posting on a website must first provide proof of identity, and spoofing an e-mail address may not be so easy.  Although China has 140 million internet users, the government also employs tens of thousands of web monitors to track what is sent across the net.

News Source: UPI

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