China toughens Internet controls

Web users now must register names; freedom hit, critics say

Posted: December 29, 2012 at 2:13 a.m.

A man uses a computer Friday at an Internet cafe in central Beijing. Internet users in China now face tougher restrictions.

China’s government tightened Internet controls Friday with approval of a law that requires users to register their names after a flood of online complaints about official abuses rattled Communist Party leaders.

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Business, Pages 25 on 12/29/2012