Bloggers and spammers could be forced to put their names to political commentary in a bid to close a loophole in the nation’s electoral laws.
Roused by last year’s furore over anonymous political websites such as www.johnhowardlies.com, the Howard Government plans to clamp down on web publishers who refuse to identify a person who authorises their content.
And what effect would such legislation have on the operation of blog comment box facilities? Would we be forced to require commenters to append their real name and address to comments, like letters to the editor correspondents in newspapers? Shock, horror. (via Mark Bahnisch)