Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Anonymity on the Internet: right or wrong?

While the most wired place on Earth is planning to go against anonymity on the Internet, it is an unavoidable question asking if it is right or wrong.
Many believe that the attempt of the South Korea's government will fail.
On one end, the growth in Internet access brought online also the worst.
Seoul plans to introduce internet etiquette and ethics lessons in schools.
But the question is: can you control the Internet with a police like authority?
British MPs are already heading toward a similar solution. Members of the Commons select committee for culture, media and sport, which has made the case for centralising controls, say they want "a tighter form of self-regulation, under which the industry would speedily establish a self-regulatory body".
South Korea is doing much more. Not only will all sites that publish news be liable to the same restrictions as newspapers, TV and radio, they will be answerable to a government regulatory body - the Korean Communications Standards Commission.
The rules extend beyond websites to individuals. All forum and chatroom users will be required to make verifiable real-name registrations, while internet companies will have to make their search algorithms public to improve "transparency".
Most controversial of all, the commission will be given powers to suspend the publication of articles accused of being fraudulent or slanderous, for a minimum of 30 days. During this period the commission will then decide if an article that has been temporarily deleted or flagged should be removed permanently.
This decided on paper, it still has to be done.
Is the government able and willing to pay the thousands more people to staff the commission?
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