UK SECURITY MINISTER SAYS ONLY A DRIVERS LICENCE FOR THE INTERNET CAN BRING BACK ONLINE CIVILITY | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


UK SECURITY MINISTER SAYS ONLY A DRIVERS LICENCE FOR THE INTERNET CAN BRING BACK ONLINE CIVILITY

A bad idea that continues to persist is a favorite of many government officials. The problem with the internet is anonymity, according to them. Wouldn't we all be better off if we were forced to identify ourselves before using social media platforms? The theory is people won't say mean, stupid, or regrettable things if their posts and comments are linked to their real names. Several years of Facebook-only commenting systems has proven this wrong.
And yet the idea continues to be pushed by European politicians and DHS officials. The latest to call for an internet drivers license is UK security minister Ben Wallace. His theory is the use of real names and verifiable info will inflict mass civility on the internet, which is currently home to roving bands of ruffians and Wild West content. [Paywall ahead.] [Alternate link to article provided by Alec Muffet, who has helpfully taken a screenshot of the print edition.]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will fail, because it fails to protect legitimate, reasoned, and logical dissent, done in a very intelligent way, for anyone who does not agree with any specific government agenda.

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