New York Bill Would Ban Anonymous Criticism Online

In an attempt to combat cyberbullying, some New York state legislators want people who post mean-spirited personal attacks online to be prepared to identify themselves. The bill, known as The Internet Protection Act (IPA), wouldn't stop with cyberbullying. If it became law, the legislation would also prevent people from posting anonymous criticism of local businesses or those who make "baseless political attacks," wrote James Conte, a member of New York's state assembly and one of the bill's sponsors.