The state of South Australia has a new election law that went into effect January 6, and its effect was shocking: anonymous political speech on the Internet was simply destroyed.
The law required anyone posting a political comment online during an election period to supply their real name and address or face a fine of up to AUS$1,250. The measure was grossly discriminatory—it applied only to bloggers and commenters, not to online “journals” (newspapers or magazine which are written by Real Journalists).
Let’s try this in portuguese:
Olá mundo, eu me chamo Tiago Bortoletto Vaz e resido na Alameda Itú, número 265, na cidade de São Paulo. Arruda, vai tomá no cú!
(Hello world, my name is Tiago Bortoletto Vaz and I live at Alameda Itú, 265, in São Paulo. Arruda, go sodomize yourself!)
Seria isso um political comment? Hmm… Acho que não 🙂