Names@Work: Senator Would Outlaw Anonymous Blogs. New proposed legislation (in Brazil) would make it a crime, punishable by four years in jail, to anonymously send email, join a chat forum, download content, or write a blog.
This is going to be a constant battle around the world in coming years. Governments loathe anonymity.
But we need to defend it, despite the problems it sometimes causes. Anonymous speech is essential in some circumstances, such as when a speaker’s life or livelihood is threatened by telling the truth.
UPDATE: Looks like the idea isn’t going to pass, at least not in the near future.