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September 29, 2009 1:23 PM

Commentary: Web would benefit from less anonymity among users

Anonymous speech has a revered place in U.S. traditions. Among the most enduring documents of American political thought are the 1787 Federalist Papers urging ratification of the Constitution, which were written by luminaries using pseudonyms. News organizations will sometimes use anonymous sources that provide valuable information that they might never furnish unless they knew they'd be safe from reprisal. However, anonymous posters on Web sites are nothing like confidential sources and shouldn't be afford the same levels of protection.

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