Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Cyber Stalkers Should Be Scared Now

There's a lot of talk lately about how the government's considering dealing with criminal abuse of the Internet. The problem is being addressed. Unfortunately, as is always the case with most anything, the people who have abused the Internet have ruined it for the rest of us.

The government always addresses others' extreme abuses with having to place restrictions and regulations on all of us. They're talking about requiring everyone to have an Internet Driver's License now. It's not that I don't want these anonymous criminals under control, but I can see the potential of how the government can really step in and use laws to oppress freedom of speech and become unduly oppressive. People have confused defamation with freedom of speech

Time Magazine has an article entitled "Craig Mundie wants Driver Licenses on the Internet" as an example. Here's a quote:
What Mundie is proposing is to impose authentication. He draws an analogy to automobile use. If you want to drive a car, you have to have a license (not to mention an inspection, insurance, etc). If you do something bad with that car, like break a law, there is the chance that you will lose your license and be prevented from driving in the future. In other words, there is a legal and social process for imposing discipline. Mundie imagines three tiers of Internet ID: one for people, one for machines and one for programs (which often act as proxies for the other two).