By Rick Kazmer
This blog post is intended to make clear a few comments from the Daily American Debate in the Tuesday, May 29, edition.
The freedom of speech is one of the most important features of the country‚Äôs government. That should include the ability for anonymous speech ‚Äî including online comments.
In the latest debate I argued (for the sake of argument and the continuation of that weekly feature) that there was some degree of merit to a bill proposed in Albany, N.Y., that would outlaw unidentified online posts.
While some positive things, including cutting back on cyberbullying, could be accomplished, too much about free speech would be put at risk.
The shield for anonymous speech online is big.
It fortunately allows noble viewpoints to be made public. But unfortunately it protects heinous opinions to be posted by people who won‚Äôt identify themselves as well.
The Albany measure should not be passed into law. But the online posters should also be conscientious when making comments.
One more thing: on a practical level it would be impossible to police such a measure in the first place.
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