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State Assemblyman Peter J. Biondi, a Republican from Somerset County, recently introduced legislation that would require any "public forum Web site" to solicit the legal name and addresses of everyone who can post messages to it. What irks Biondi, a top Republican in the state assembly, is the political free-for-all that has grown around the New Jersey Star-Ledger's discussion site at NJ.com. The site's forum for Somerset County--that is, Biondi's home district--is home to a slew of pseudonymous posts that tend to be less than kind to local politicians.
Those remarks violate Biondi's sense of political propriety. "What it's turned into is people just bashing each other, name-calling, personal issues, that kind of thing," Biondi's chief of staff, Scott Ross, told me on Friday. "It's all anonymous. Nobody knows who's calling who what."
The intent of the legislation is "to try to bring back a little civility back into that kind of thing," Ross said. "It's degenerating into name-calling. It's a local problem we're having, in several cities."
Someone here mentioned about entering false identity information. Well you could and what if the penalty is severe if you are found out?
2. The operator of any interactive computer service or an Internet service provider shall establish, maintain and enforce a policy to require any information content provider who posts written messages on a public forum website either to be identified by a legal name and address, or to register a legal name and address with the operator of the interactive computer service or the Internet service provider through which the information content provider gains access to the interactive computer service or Internet, as appropriate.
Originally posted by WyrdeOne
No big deal yet; just register your forum somewhere other than NJ.
Originally posted by apc
The webmaster and the ISP are the ones who are expected to maintain the correct information on the users.
may reveal identity of web-posters
Internet service providers will have to reveal the identities of people posting anonymous "talkback" responses on Web sites if a court rules that they raise a concern of libel with malicious intent, a criminal offense, according to the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court.
This precedent-setting ruling, made last week, requires the Barak and Bezeq International telecommunications companies - along with the Tehila project, the Internet service provider for government ministries - to transmit the details of people who posted potentially libelous responses regarding a mother and her infant daughter on a Web site about a year ago.
The mother, a senior civil servant, went to court in an attempt to force the Internet service providers to reveal the names of people who posted comments regarding the identity of the infant's father, the mother's sexual proclivities and accusations that the mother had stolen money.
Animal Activists Guilty Of Terrorism, Stalking
TRENTON, NJ--A web site operated by Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) headquartered in Philadelphia has resulted in six members of the animal rights group being convicted of terrorism and internet stalking against a British company and its associates which operates an animal testing laboratory in New Jersey...
The activists posted personal information on its web site about Huntingdon employees and employees whose firms do business with the British firm. The six activists said they had no role in vandalism, death threats and computer hacking against company employees. Prosecutors presented no direct evidence to prove that the activists were directly related. Instead, they showed the jury that group members made speeches and produced web postings from 2000 to 2004 that applauded the violence and used the collective “we” in claiming credit for it. Although some of the individuals targeted by SHAC testified that they had received death threats and their homes had been vandalized, they admitted they didn’t know who had sent the faxes and emails which they perceived as threatening.