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Should China extend real name policy to internet access?

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Started: 1/2/2013 Category: Society
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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idk_who_u_r

Pro

In my opinion, I strongly agree that China should extend real name policy to internet access because it is the only way to make the internet healthier, more-cultured and safer. The policy could prevent people from exposing corruption online if they fear retribution from officials. As the government said that such a system is needed to prevent people from making malicious and anonymous accusations online and that many other countries have already had such rules. Therefore, China should extend the real name policy to internet access.
M4sterDeb8er

Con

First, let's look at the perceived positives of a real name policy:

- A reduction in malicious language online
- A reduction in false and harmful accusations
- "The Internet will be healthier, more cultured, and safer"

My opponent's entire opening statement is taken from this article, by the way: http://www.scmp.com...

If that constitutes plagiarism on this website, he should probably be disqualified.



Review of "positives":

A reduction in malicious language online
Why does this matter? If someone online calls another person a 'retard', who gets hurt here? Someone's self esteem might get damaged at the very worst, and unless that person has some type of severe mental problem, that petty insult will probably result in nothing more than a bad memory at the very worst. This just doesn't seem that serious.

A reduction in false and harmful accusations
This seems like a good point initially. If people's names could be tied to their accusations, there would in fact be a reduction in false and harmful accusations, because people could be prosecuted for malicious libel. Unfortunately, the risks involved in real name policy would outweigh the benefits. If a person's real name was known, any person with a degree of power would immediately become above the law. Here's why: The person in power would be able to silence anyone who makes an accusation related to them. Government officers could wreak havoc on people, and if they noticed someone attempting to inform the police, they will know who has to be taken down to preserve their safety. There will be no more anonymous tips. Any report to the police would include the reporter's name, and if a person wanted to maintain anonymity when reporting a crime, they would flat out not report the crime. All of these negatives easily outweigh your stated positive.

The Internet will be healthier, more cultured, and safer.
Explain?


Conclusion: The stated positives are not worth the real negatives that will result from the introduction of real name policy to Internet access. China already requires identity papers when signing contracts. I think that is enough.


Debate Round No. 1
idk_who_u_r

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M4sterDeb8er

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