Australia is now considering a draconian new law which will effectively strip all its citizens of the ability to express themselves anonymously online, and force them to register their social media accounts with the government.
As Zdnet.com reports:
The Australian government reckons the internet is full of bad things and bad people, so it must therefore surveil everyone all the time in case anyone sees the badness — but someone else can figure out the details and make it work.
“If the service permits the use of anonymous accounts, the provider of the service will take reasonable steps to prevent those accounts being used to deal with material, or for activity, that is or may be unlawful or harmful,” it says.
Those “reasonable steps” could include “processes that prevent the same person from repeatedly using anonymous accounts to post material, or to engage in activity, that is unlawful or harmful,” or “having processes that require verification of identity or ownership of accounts”.
The Australian federal government is planning to de-anonymize the internet to introduce a social credit system to combat "online abuse" – police will have access to individuals' social media accounts, which will be linked to people's passports. pic.twitter.com/C2ZsYZjEGH
— LADY AMINA (@Alpha_Mind7) September 2, 2021
Thankfully American citizens are protected against similar tyranny by the US Constitution, a luxury Australian citizens lack.