New York Legislators Hope to End Internet Anonymity

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  • cheerios

    read the article more closely. here is the crux:

    Identical bills in both houses of the New York State Legislature would require all New York–based websites 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.”

    the state of new york can only enforce this law on any website that is hosted on an ISP WITHIN the state's jurisdiction. last i checked, new york state is a pretty small place compared to the rest of the world.

    is this site hosted in new york state? if not, simon can tell them to get lost as they would be unable to enforce the law. especially if the website was hosted OUTSIDE the usa.

    besides, if you read further you see why they are doing it:

    Finally, the legislation will help cut down on the types of mean-spirited and baseless political attacks that add nothing to the real debate and merely seek to falsely tarnish the opponent’s reputation by using the anonymity of the Web. By removing these posts, this bill will help to ensure that there is more accurate information available to voters on their prospective candidates, giving them a better assessment of the candidates they have to choose from.

    has nothing to do really with so-called internet bullying but more to do with them trying to control information for the voting public.

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