commanderW - 12:11 am on Feb 1, 2012 (gmt 0)
Hi Lucy24. It seems my first 2 points were obscured by the mundane personal note added at the end.
#1 Many websites are publications
#2 Many websites are public services
#3 Add many, many other non business uses of the WWW by private citizens.
The Internet is not just a giant business machine built for ecommerce.
A requirement that domain holders should have to 'verify' their identity just in case one of them breaks the law (and that is exactly what this is about) is an authoritarian attitude that has no place in the real world. In America it is 'unamerican' (please reread the Constitution and the Bill of Rights).
In 'less enlightened' areas of the world, it is a recipe for despotism. An ICANN policy requiring this worldwide would eventually result in the torture, rape and murder of many many 1000's of innocent individuals. Have no doubt.
If you were an Egyptian with a website how would you feel about such a regulation, knowing that rousing the ire of the bizarre Egyptian security forces can get a person (male or female) tortured and raped (this was reported during mainstream news coverage of the 'Jasmine Revolution, and published news videos of security forces tearing the clothes off protesters in the streets lend credence to it). And then there's places like Syria. North Korea, etc. etc. etc.
As for my boring life in America, this was intended as a simple real world example of how a requirement for I.D. verification might have a negative impact, if it involves brick and mortar addresses. Your alternative suggestions don't stand up to real world experience.
-You need a mailing address to get a post office box :) and they also cost a lot of money, where I am right now for instance.
- Mail cannot always be forwarded. If you have a mail box that is not an official U.S. Postal Service box, the U.S. Postal Service refuses to provide mail forwarding ;)
-General delivery to every city I visit as I hop from city to city desperately looking for a new job and a new place to live before my money runs out?
Please stop coming up with excuses why there are no excuses :S
1- I should not have to worry about all these arbitrary complications.
2- I should not have to prove anything to anybody for my right to publish, on the internet.
There is an authoritarian mentality taking hold of people these days which says that If you're not doing anything wrong, you don't have anything to worry about'.
That attitude is going to smother many peoples hopes and dreams, and ruin many peoples lives. Eventually it will get us all killed.