WTVQ in Lexington, Kentucky recently reported that state representative Tim Couch wants to make anonymous internet posting illegal.
He filed a bill that "would require anyone who contributes to a website to register their real name, address and e-mail address with that site," according to the article.
"Their full name would be used any time a comment is posted."
Website operators would be fined if someone was allowed to post anonymously on their site.
Couch hopes to cut down on online bullying that has been a problem in his Eastern Kentucky district.
Federal legislation proposed in 2006 to criminalize inflammatory statements made against other online users failed Congressional approval.
It should be noted that Kentucky ranks number one for the largest percentage increase in criminal incarcerations according to recent statistics leading some to question if there isn't an inherent problem with that state's educational system ranked #31 in Morgan Quitno's fifth annual Smartest State Award at their website.
Cybercriminals support the bill. "While we have no problem with misrepresenting ourselves online," said Hacker666. "Most of our victims are far more honest. It'll be great to immediately know their real names, and did you say they need to supply their home address too? How convenient."
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