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Thursday, May 24, 2012

New York wants to end Anonymity on the internet

I can just see how this will hurt free speech.

"Anonymity is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the United States was founded, in part, thanks to Thomas Paine's anonymously written, pro-revolution pamphlet Common Sense. On the other hand, 12-year-olds who post anonymously on the internet can be rather unpleasant and cause real problems by cyberbullying. Whether you think the good outweighs the bad, this news is troubling indeed: A far-reaching bill introduced in the New York State Senate could end the practice of posting online once and for all."

Granted the trolls can be very annoying, and cyber bullying is something that is hard to protect against. However, forcing the requirement of signing every post you make on the internet will reduce free speech. As the article says, without anonymity Thomas Paines Common Sense would never have been published. With out it, there possibly wouldn't be a United States of America.


Think about it.

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