Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Feb 2018 19:29 UTC
Internet & Networking

China's most popular messaging app, WeChat, has always had a close relationship with the Chinese government. The app has been subsidized by the government since its creation in 2011, and it's an accepted reality that officials censor and monitor users. Now, WeChat is poised to take on an even greater role: an initiative is underway to integrate WeChat with China's electronic ID system.

WeChat is a remarkably clever move by the Chinese government. Everybody over there is already using it, and by basically co-opting it, they get a free statewide monitoring and control platform. Ban a few western alternatives here and there, and you're done. Western nations are toying with similar ideas - see e.g. Germany's new laws - and it doesn't take a genius to see the dangers here. While you may 'trust' your current government to not abuse such wide-ranging laws and technical capabilities, you might not be so eager with the next one. If Americans can vote for a Trump, Europeans can, too.

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RE[4]: Choose your poison
by shepherdr on Fri 2nd Feb 2018 08:57 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Choose your poison"
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I haven't formed an opinion on S Korea. I don't know enough about it. Giving a real name to subscribe to a service seems reasonable to me. It seems that only the online world finds it desirable to hide ones identity. I can't think of a real world service that I have subscribed to that I was allowed to write "anonymous" in the name section of the application form. Anonymous expression of opinion does occur in the real world (graffiti for example) but not when registering for a service

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