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NY State Senator Proposes Banning Anonymous Free Speech on the Net
Daily Tech ^ | May 25, 2012 | Jason Mick

Posted on 05/27/2012 4:18:16 PM PDT by bkopto

All users posting to websites would have to post their real name and address, non-compliant posts would be axed

When people think anonymity, Anonymous and their iconic Guy Fawkes masks often pop into mind these days. But long before the members of that controversial hacker collective were a mere twinkle in their mothers' eyes, another anti-authoritarian rabble-rouser was using anonymous protest to stir up revolt against a totalitarian ruling elite. His name was Thomas Paine, and his anonymously published work Common Sense helped ignite the colonists in revolution against Britain.

I. Want to Post? Put Your Legal Name and Address Here!

Yet today in the country that Thomas Paine's anonymous writings helped to give birth to, a country in which speech is supposedly free, something alarming is happening. Several states are looking to outlaw online anonymity.

New York is among them. The State Senate is contemplating Bill S6779 a measure that would force users to post (and verify) their home address, IP address, and legal name in any post they make online.

That's right; New York is considering laying waste to privacy and anonymous speech in the name of "preventing" online bullying. The bill describes:

A web site administrator upon request shall remove any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless such anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate. All web site administrators shall have a contact number or e-mail address posted for such removal requests, clearly visible in any sections where comments are posted.

It's unclear exactly how much support the bill has in the State Senate. It was introduced just over two months ago by Sen. Thomas F. O'Mara (R—Big Flats).

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TOPICS: Extended News; US: New York
KEYWORDS: freedomofspeech; nannystate; rino
In the eyes of our political class, there is no right to privacy, unless you want to kill an in-utero baby or if your grade schooler wants birth control pills.
1 posted on 05/27/2012 4:18:24 PM PDT by bkopto
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To: bkopto

Depressing to see that it is an idiot pubbie proposing this.


2 posted on 05/27/2012 4:20:42 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: bkopto

Isn’t against the law in Iowa to take a photo of an industrial animal raising facility? Free speech phooey...long gone.


3 posted on 05/27/2012 4:22:18 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: bkopto
All users posting to websites would have to post their real name and address, non-compliant posts would be axed

What a joke!

I would have to use EGPWS everywhere I interact on the Internet.

Personal freedom and personal rights are disappearing fast.

4 posted on 05/27/2012 4:23:24 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: bkopto

It’s only for the protection of right thinking people.


5 posted on 05/27/2012 4:26:49 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (The United States of America, a banana republic since 1913)
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To: bkopto

Good grief. No one should fear anything online. This isn’t grade school and there aren’t even sticks and stones. It’s printed. You don’t like it, don’t read it. Someone puts something on your facebook that hurts your widdle feelers then unfriend them and get off that stupid site. Someone emails you, block their address and delete it. How simple is that? But noooo, we have to have a Bill!!!! Some little minority of ridiculously stoooopid sheeple mess the internet up for the rest of us.


6 posted on 05/27/2012 4:28:54 PM PDT by bgill
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To: bkopto
It was introduced just over two months ago by Sen. Thomas F. O'Mara (R—Big Flats).

Wonder if he's friends with Dede Scozzafava

7 posted on 05/27/2012 4:29:04 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: bkopto
How is a state gonna enforce this?

Only on web sites hosted in NYS? And how will it know who those are?

Do not the NYS idiots know how easy it is to move a web site?

8 posted on 05/27/2012 4:30:14 PM PDT by upchuck (Need is not an acceptable lifestyle choice; dependent is not a career. ~ Dr. Tim Nerenz)
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To: COBOL2Java
More likely he is friends with (soon to be former) NY State Sen Jim Alesi [R].
9 posted on 05/27/2012 4:32:12 PM PDT by kevcol
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To: bkopto

Someone needs to remind this ignorant fool that the Federalist Papers were published anonymously.


10 posted on 05/27/2012 4:32:46 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: upchuck
Do not the NYS idiots know how easy it is to move a web site?

Statists don't believe in the law of unintended consequences, human economic behavior, or anything other than zero-sum planning.

11 posted on 05/27/2012 4:33:58 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: bkopto

Instead of this idea, why not focus on voter ID?

Oh, well, silly to bring it up I guess...


12 posted on 05/27/2012 4:34:50 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: bkopto

Shades of Hussein’s “National User ID”.


13 posted on 05/27/2012 4:35:46 PM PDT by kevcol
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To: bkopto

So...voter i.d. laws are unconstitutional, but you will have to prove who you are on an anonymous site on the internet to simply post an opinion?

Makes perfect sense to me.


14 posted on 05/27/2012 4:38:09 PM PDT by berdie
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To: bkopto

This is a good application for rule .308


15 posted on 05/27/2012 4:38:28 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (The United States of America, a banana republic since 1913)
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To: bkopto

Post Office box rentals will soar.


16 posted on 05/27/2012 4:39:26 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: bkopto

That NC teacher who threatened her student with arrest for criticizing Obama was just a few months ahead of her time...

This is the first step toward a new Sedition Act....


17 posted on 05/27/2012 4:42:16 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Uncle Ike

This is about attacks like Joe the Plumber received.

Its about attacking even those who give to any campaign other than Obama’s

This is about harrassment, and attacking anyone who doesn’t enjoy the Kool-aid.


18 posted on 05/27/2012 4:46:13 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: bkopto

The bill is bad enough on its own, proposed by a Republican, makes me want t vomit.


19 posted on 05/27/2012 4:46:17 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: bkopto

I’ll post my real name.

KISS MY ASS


20 posted on 05/27/2012 5:00:22 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: svcw
The bill is bad enough on its own, proposed by a Republican, makes me want t vomit.

I vote republican because they get it right part of the time. And sometimes, like this, a republican is just plain wrong.

How often does a democrat did anything right? There is the rare case when they do something a conservative would do without a second thought. (Like that "brave" decision to take out Bin Laden.) Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

There is a terrible temptation to vote third party or stay home. That just helps elect a worse democrat.

21 posted on 05/27/2012 5:08:38 PM PDT by Cracker Jack (If it weren't for the democrats, republicans would be the worst thing in Washington.)
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To: svcw
The bill is bad enough on its own, proposed by a Republican, makes me want t vomit.

I vote republican because they get it right part of the time. And sometimes, like this, a republican is just plain wrong.

How often does a democrat do anything right? There is the rare case when they do something a conservative would do without a second thought. (Like that "brave" decision to take out Bin Laden.) Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

There is a terrible temptation to vote third party or stay home. That just helps elect a worse democrat.

22 posted on 05/27/2012 5:09:31 PM PDT by Cracker Jack (If it weren't for the democrats, republicans would be the worst thing in Washington.)
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To: Maceman

Not exactly the biggest secret in town though.


23 posted on 05/27/2012 5:19:44 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: bkopto
So you look up the address of a local cemetery & you sign yourself as one of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence. You have a legitimate name & address & it f*cks with the totalitarians.
24 posted on 05/27/2012 5:22:05 PM PDT by Nebr FAL owner
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To: bkopto
Maybe they should just round up all the intellectuals and have them killed?

-PJ

25 posted on 05/27/2012 5:23:26 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: bkopto
It's unclear exactly how much support the bill has in the State Senate.  It was introduced just over two months ago by Sen. Thomas F. O'Mara (R—Big Flats).  
Senator Thomas O'Mara
New York Republican State Senator Thomas O'Mara wants to force anonymous internet posters to surrender their right to anonymous free speech.
[Image Source: Thomas O'Mara]

Republican!!!!!



26 posted on 05/27/2012 5:25:37 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: bkopto

IF a hundred million people post en masse and often, posting their real names and addresses each time, even the tyrannical Obama administration will be overwhelmed.

However, anonymity is necessary for the ordinary citizen who is at the mercy of Holder and his “people”.


27 posted on 05/27/2012 5:26:38 PM PDT by Twinkie (John 3:16)
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To: Nebr FAL owner
” So you look up the address of a local cemetery “

That would have an additional side-benefit — if your address is a cemetery, then they'll assume you're a Democrat voter...

Camouflage

28 posted on 05/27/2012 5:28:13 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: bkopto

I don’t know about the Internet, but my garage door keypad code is #-U-C-K-O-#-#.


29 posted on 05/27/2012 5:33:51 PM PDT by LurkedLongEnough
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To: bkopto

Figures it comes out of America’s first police state, New York.

Good luck with that new yorkers.. lol I dont plan on posting via my real name and address ANYWHERE On the web ever.


30 posted on 05/27/2012 5:35:39 PM PDT by eXe (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: bkopto

Folks probably ought to dig around and see what the coward wants to hide.


31 posted on 05/27/2012 5:35:57 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: lightman

You think it’s easy to get a post office box? Try it.


32 posted on 05/27/2012 5:39:07 PM PDT by Lady Lucky (Non-compliant, not govt-issued, and not voting for Romney.)
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To: Lady Lucky

Haven’t needed to change addresses for 21 years...but mine is a PO Box, no hassle “back then”.


33 posted on 05/27/2012 5:45:01 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: bkopto; neverdem; Clemenza; Lauren BaRecall; metmom; wintertime

“It’s unclear exactly how much support the bill has in the State Senate. It was introduced just over two months ago by Sen. Thomas F. O’Mara (R—Big Flats).”

O’Mara needs to be primaried, as does any state Senator who supports this.


34 posted on 05/27/2012 5:46:53 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: bkopto; neverdem; Behind Liberal Lines; The Mayor; Steely Tom; panaxanax; lysie; AFPhys

NY ping.


35 posted on 05/27/2012 6:01:30 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: bkopto

I’d like to know what Mr. O’Mara is so afraid of. Sounds like someone knows something and he wants to make sure that it can’t leak out without him knowing the source.

Only criminals and cowards fear free speech and RKBA.


36 posted on 05/27/2012 6:20:22 PM PDT by BCR #226 (02/07 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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To: Twinkie

“However, anonymity is necessary for the ordinary citizen who is at the mercy of Holder and his “people”.”

...and employers. This is the government’s way of completely shutting down “unofficial communications”; they don’t want people communicating online (Tunisians overthrew their government with electronic communications). They want people to receive their news through the official mouthpieces, with no further discussion (or “Buckhead” moments).

Any government that attempts to disrupt anonymous postings should be overthrown.


37 posted on 05/27/2012 6:26:51 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: bkopto

American peasantry will eventually react by communicating more privately in other ways.


38 posted on 05/27/2012 6:41:10 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: Beowulf9

Instead of this idea, why not focus on voter ID?


And violate my right to privacy, while disenfranchising me? /s


39 posted on 05/27/2012 6:51:38 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: bkopto

Ben Franklin wrote under the name Silence Dogood though I think he would agree that the government trying to silence citizens is not good.


40 posted on 05/27/2012 7:03:07 PM PDT by This I Wonder32460
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To: bkopto

This year, the Chinese Communist Party implemented a “real name” requirement for its Twitter-like weibo microblog users.
Thus, rather than reinventing the wheel, I recommend that the NY State Senator just ask the ChiComs for a copy of the Chinese law. After all, if it’s good enough for the descendants of Mao, it’s good enough for New York State.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/19/world/asia/china-expands-program-requiring-real-name-registration-online.html


41 posted on 05/27/2012 7:21:52 PM PDT by Rybashka
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To: metmom

Thanks for the ping. Do you have any idea about whom the bill’s sponsor is? A pubbie sponsoring this should be primaried.


42 posted on 05/28/2012 12:29:58 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

Not a clue. I don’t have any idea where Big Flats is. Never heard of it before.


43 posted on 05/28/2012 12:58:25 AM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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