Kentucky to Ban Online Anonymity?

One of the (pseudonymous) bloggers at The Web Difference (a class blog at Harvard Law) notes:

new bill in the Kentucky state legislature would ban anonymous speech in web forums, ostensibly in response to online harassment and “cyberbullying.” The bill would require forum posters to register their real name, address and e-mail with the forum. All forum posts would include the poster’s full name. Under the bill, any forum operator who allowed users to post anonymously would face liability.

Sounds to me like a bone-headed response to the failure of the proprietors of online nastiness (like and AutoAdmit) to moderate postings.


About James G. Milles

Professor of Law, SUNY Buffalo Law School

Posted on March 18, 2008, in Anonymity and pseudonymity, Blogs, Privacy. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hi Jim,

    Just wanted to point you in the direction of Uncontrolled Vocabulary #33, recorded last Wednesday, where we talked about this issue at some length:


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