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Date: 1999-12-12

Das Recht auf Anonymitaet im Netz

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Das Recht auf Anonymität im Netz

Wer verteidigt das Menschenrecht auf Anonymität im IT-
Zeitalter gegen die Zugriffswut gesetzlich ermächtigter
Behörden? Der erz- & oberkonservative Think Tank Cato
Institute, see below.
Wer will mittels totaler Überwachung die klinisch reine
Gesellschaft konstruieren? US-Liberals und europäische
Sozialdemokraten sinds, die einstmals eine tadellose Record
in Sachen Menschenrechte hatten.
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The constitutionally guaranteed right of freedom of speech
and expression is under attack in America by proposals to
limit or restrict the use of anonymity on the Internet. That's
the ultimate conclusion drawn in a study released today by
the Cato Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think-tank.

The report, entitled, "Nameless in Cyberspace: Anonymity on
the Internet," was written by Jonathan D. Wallace, an
attorney and software company executive.

In comparing Internet speech to the anonymous speech
popular at the founding of the United States, Wallace said,
"Anonymous and pseudonymous speech on the Internet
forms a part of the rich tradition of such speech in prior media
including print, and is entitled to the same First Amendment

But Wallace also warned that, "Legislation against
anonymity threatens to end that rich tradition and should be

In an interview with Newsbytes, Solveig Singleton, director of
information studies for the Cato Institute, indicated that there
is a continuous stream of proposed restrictive legislation
being "floated around," but that in many cases, due to the
complexity of the issue, these proposals do not go anywhere.

However, in citing the benefits of anonymity, the study
mentions that many well-known historical papers and
articles, all controversial in their time, were written
anonymously because the authors feared persecution if their
identities became known. As examples, the report cites
Thomas Paine's "Common Sense," written under the name,
"An Englishman," and the "Federalist Papers," written under
the name "Publius."
Wallace's response is that law enforcement officials must
find other "solutions" to anonymity problems. "Better security
practices as a preventative measure are a logical first step,"
he said.

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