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Kentucky Legislator Wants to Ban Anonymous Internet Posting

Good Idea or Bad Idea? Banning Anonymous Internet Posting

File this under "Oh, really?!" It seems a Kentucky State Representative, Tim Couch, wants to make anonymous Internet posting illegal. Couch is trying to pass a bill that would require you to register with your full name and address every time you posted anything on the Internet, in order to cut down on online bullying. Um, one word, Mr. Crouch: Hmmm. How exactly are you going to do this? Does this apply to blogs (because I know that Joe Blogger is not going to be pleased with that $500 fine)? And who's to say that everyone posting anonymously is a bully? What about forums in which you would reveal more because you're anonymous?

Of course, I can think of lots of awful Internet bullying situations, but I somehow doubt this could fix that. As I scratch my head, I'll leave it up to you guys to discuss.

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