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    Wired: New York Legislation Would Ban Anonymous Online Speech

    Wired reports on legislation (S. 06779) in New York concerning anonymous speech online, which would affect individual privacy and civil liberties:

    Proposed legislation in both chambers would require New York-based websites, such as blogs and newspapers, to “remove any comments posted on his or her website by an anonymous poster unless such anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post.”

    No votes on the measures have been taken. But unless the First Amendment is repealed, they stand no chance of surviving any constitutional scrutiny even if they were approved.

    Republican Assemblyman Jim Conte said the legislation would cut down on “mean-spirited and baseless political attacks” and “turns the spotlight on cyberbullies by forcing them to reveal their identity.” [...]

    “This statute would essentially destroy the ability to speak anonymously online on sites in New York,” said Kevin Bankston, a staff attorney with the Center for Democracy and Technology. He added that the legislation provides a “heckler’s veto to anybody who disagrees with or doesn’t like what an anonymous poster said.”

    Sen. Thomas O’Mara, a Republican who is also sponsoring the measure, said it would “help lend some accountability to the internet age.” [...]

    The Senate and Assembly measures, which are identical, cover messages on social networks, blogs, message boards or “any other discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages.”

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    2 Responses to “Wired: New York Legislation Would Ban Anonymous Online Speech”

    1. NonSorosMonkey Says:

      Fake name, real person, anon speech has always been protected under the 1st if for no other reason then anon speech is what allowed the very ideas of the Constitution to be disseminated to the people under the King.

      Had the founders been required to put their real name on their writings the King would have just had them killed. Considering that the Progressive left has more then one white-washed domestic terrorist in their ranks that was willing to kill people for their beliefs and writings I’ll remain anon as long as possible.

      p.s. IF this passes NYC will likely loose much of its site hosting business to other states. It is about time that the entire news industry find more business and civil rights friendly place to work from.

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