China Poised for Crackdown on Internet

China appears to be gearing up for a crackdown on its domestic Internet after a series of online exposés of corruption underscored the growing power of social media there.

Senior members of China’s National People’s Congress on Monday began considering a bill that would require users to report their real names to Internet and telecom companies, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. The draft bill is designed to protect personal information, Xinhua said. Proposals to the rubber-stamp congress often reflect the higher-level concerns of the Chinese Communist Party, signaling legislators will likely take action on the issue.

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