March 13, 2006 | By Derek Slater

Coalition Opposes New Jersey Bills That Threaten Anonymity Online

We recently criticized two New Jersey bills that would eliminate online anonymous speech by requiring every Internet service provider, blog, and website that allows reader comments or provides open forums to demand user identification from every participant. Today, a diverse coalition of companies, public interest organizations, and legal scholars, including EFF, craigslist, Public Citizen, the US Internet Industry Association (USIIA), the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and Professors Lyrissa C. Barnett Lidsky and Jennifer M. Urban, sent an open letter today to the bills' authors, urging them to withdraw their support.

The letter can be found here [PDF].

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