South Korea Bans Anonymous Posting On Popular Websites

from the no-anonymity-for-you dept

While the US courts have been quite clear over and over again that people have a right to post anonymously online, other countries have been a lot less open to the concept. Over in South Korea, we recently covered the lawsuit against an anonymous (ok, formerly anonymous) blogger who was accused of spreading "false rumors." Apparently there was also another recent case in the country, involving photos anonymously posted online of a woman who failed to clean up after her dog. In response, Korea has now passed a law that requires anyone posting on a site that has over 100,000 unique visitors a day to reveal their real names and national ID (found via Michael Scott). This seems quite extreme. There are certainly pros and cons to allowing anonymous speech, but it seems to go overboard to outlaw it completely on any relatively popular site.
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  • identicon
    Tgeigs, 8 May 2009 @ 2:26pm

    Like this?

    Tgeigs ***-**-9006 here.

    Just wanted to let you know that rules like this kinda blow.

    Tgeigs ***_**-9006 out.

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  • identicon
    Oscar Wilde, 8 May 2009 @ 2:33pm

    To quote myself

    "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 May 2009 @ 2:41pm

    I don't think it's Teryaki...

    What do they eat in South Korea? I am being very genuine in this question. Besides rice, what qualifies as "South Korean Cuisine"?

    If the country was allowed to fall into poverty, by stopping purchase of their stuff, on the grounds of freedom or human rights violations, what types of dishes and desserts would we loose?

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    • identicon
      Tgeigs, 8 May 2009 @ 2:51pm

      Re: I don't think it's Teryaki...

      Korean food, like the ability to Google answers to random questions such as this, is crazy awesome:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_cuisine

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      • identicon
        Anonymous Coward, 8 May 2009 @ 3:03pm

        Re: Re: I don't think it's Teryaki...

        Oh. Well, I'm trying new Windows 7. I like it but there's a few problems- 1) they took the Google buttons off of the computer, flagged Google as a nefarious site and the hostsfile is locked! Lastly, I am forced to use Live Search!

        Thanks for the link, Tgeigs. Your a life saver!

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        • identicon
          Anonymous Coward, 8 May 2009 @ 5:18pm

          Re: Re: Re: I don't think it's Teryaki...

          >Oh. Well, I'm trying new Windows 7. I like it but
          >there's a few problems- 1) they took the Google
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          First off switch to Firefox. IE is generally a hazard with a barn door or three left open some where. Plus M$ is way too slow to get patches on the street. You should only use IE when nothing else will do.

          I tend to make Google my homepage so I can get to it in a click.

          I keep google as my home page.

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          • identicon
            Tgeigs, 8 May 2009 @ 8:47pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: I don't think it's Teryaki...

            Correct, w/one caveat.

            Not only should you convert to Firefox and NEVER touch IE again, but not only make Google your homepage, but sign up for a throw away Gmail account and get yourself an iGoogle age. That is where I discovered Techdirt via RSS feed. On one age I have the TD and Slashdot RSS, plus updated sports live box scores for NHL/MLB/NBA/NFL/NCAA, plus radar weather, CNN, and SI. Get it, love it, thank me later...

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        • identicon
          gds, 10 May 2011 @ 6:54am

          Re: Re: Re: I don't think it's Teryaki...

          dsf

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 8 May 2009 @ 2:57pm

      Re: I don't think it's Teryaki...

      we'll just have to endure without eating any dog meat for a while. I can do that. can you?

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  • identicon
    Eric, 8 May 2009 @ 4:31pm

    Use real information??

    Whats to prevent someone from using false information....I assume the site won't actually be validating the person's id and name...

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  • identicon
    Joe, 8 May 2009 @ 6:46pm

    I don't think it's extreme, put into context.

    1. They have a very active netizen culture there.
    2. They have an anti-fan phenomenon there.
    3. Anti-fans (people who take an active interest in defaming or hating a particular person/celebrity) have directly/indirectly caused deaths.

    To everyone else around the world, such behavior is totally absurd, but it occurs there.

    Am not a foremost expert in this matter, and i'm sure there are other issues surrounding this one, but from what i do know, it's to curb such hate crimes.

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    • identicon
      Barack, 9 May 2009 @ 5:10am

      Re:

      Anti-fans (people who take an active interest in defaming or hating a particular person/celebrity) have directly/indirectly caused deaths.

      Oh, you mean like DailyKos, Huffington Post, New York Times, Media Metters, Perez (the fag) Hilton, Janet Napolitano, George Clooney, Rosie (the pig) O'Donnell......just to name a few

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  • identicon
    tyler, 8 May 2009 @ 7:55pm

    to put things in perspective

    in south korea, truth isn't an absolute defense to libel...they just had the first jury trial only just a few years ago, and you can go to prison for adultery.

    this doesn't surprise me at all.

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  • identicon
    Ranjit, 9 May 2009 @ 6:37pm

    Being Judgemental

    Mike, while you speak of the (possible) rights of the person to write anonymously, i think there is also the rights of the reader to know the identity of the poster.

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  • identicon
    Seoul dude, 11 May 2009 @ 1:01am

    Anon posting

    A poster above suggests that Korean websites don't check id. Yup they absolutely do. You cannot even get anon korean language webmail accounts anymore.

    Basically, they take your details and also your equivalent social security number which is totally unique to you and is registered at birth. They also have your fingerprints tied to that number. The SSN and prints are held in your own city hall and also centrally.

    It's frankly orwellian.

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  • identicon
    Tgeigs, 11 May 2009 @ 1:05pm

    Joke of the day

    "Besides rice, what qualifies as "South Korean Cuisine"?"

    Seoul Food....

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