In November, Megan Meier’s suicide over abusive communications via MySpace made headlines all over the country. Megan, a girl in suburban
Like other legislative bodies, the Kentucky General Assembly has been considering bills that would restrict online speech. One bill would outlaw abusive internet communications. This is similar to bills proposed in
Bills like this have been criticized for vague language, with people asking what exactly constitutes abusive language. Almost any message board or blog has comments and posts ranging from mildly insulting to obscenely abusive. It seems to be par for the course for web posters.
And the language of web postings brings up a new piece of legislation. Republican Tim Couch proposed a bill that would make anyone commenting on a blog register with their real name, address and e-mail address. Furthermore, it would require webmasters to make that information available to the government or else face fines of $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for each one after that.
One side note, Couch’s legislation seems like a promotion of the techie-praised OpenID program.