The Internet: Making Tyranny Rather Inconvenient

12.28.12 2:45 PM ET

Very interesting article from the Financial Times on China's attempt to tighten access to the internet. Obviously, it's paywalled, so I'll give you the most important paragraph.

Ever since launching the internet in 1994, Beijing has tried to introduce a system of real-name registration for users. However, many earlier attempts failed and analysts said the new mandate was still unlikely to succeed in confirming the identity of China’s more than 500m web users.

All that for something unlikely to succeed. So American of them.