Originally Posted by BBC News
The Chinese government is backing down from plans to force millions of Chinese bloggers to register their real names.

There are an estimated 20 million bloggers in the country and the plans announced last year provoked huge protest from Chinese internet users.

At the time, the government said it thought the system would make bloggers more responsible for their behaviour.

But Chinese bloggers condemned the proposal as an attempt by the government to control information.

China regularly blocks websites that do not agree with government views.

The new code encourages bloggers to register with their real names and personal details, and promises to provide better services for those who do so.

Its good to see China finally backing down from something to do with privacy etc, maybe in time they will come to terms with the idea of free speech on the internet, but I expect that will be a long time into the future.

BBC News Report