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China cracks down on web anonymity with new regulations

The Chinese government this week passed a new rule requiring all internet users to use their real names when uploading videos to the web, as part of an attempt to crack down on online dissent. As Reuters reports, the rule was implemented on Monday, more than a year after the Communist Party began circulating a draft on a sweeping new online “identity management” policy.

In a notice published Monday, China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) said the rule is intended to “prevent vulgar content, base art forms, exaggerated violence and sexual content in Internet video having a negative effect on society.” The move is the latest in a series of laws requiring consumers to register their real…

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Wikileaks claims Aaron Swartz was an ally and possible source, breaking anonymity

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Aaron Swartz died a week ago. A public memorial service in New York City will be held later today. You may have read much about Swartz’s life in the interim, including his work at a young age on Reddit and the RSS specification, his political activism, and the overzealous prosecution that may have contributed to his suicide. But you probably haven’t heard the story Wikileaks just outlined on its Twitter account. According to these tweets, Aaron Swartz had at one time aided Wikileaks in some indefinite way, had been in communication with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and may have acted as a source for the anonymous information-gathering organization.

The @Wikileaks Twitter account is one of two online outlets designated for official…

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