3 Va. J.L. & Tech. 1 (1998)

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1522-1687 / P 1998 Virginia Journal of Law and Technology Association
VIRGINIA JOURNAL of LAW and TECHNOLOGY
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA             SPRING 1998               3 VA. J.L. & TE CH. I
Anonymous Internet Communication and the First
Amendment: A Crack in the Dam of National Sovereignty
by Michael H. SpencerMf*
I. Introduction
11. An Overview of the First Amendment and Anonymity.
111. Defamation and Anonymous Communication
IV. How is Anonymous Internet Communication Achieved?
V. Internet Communication and the Role of Anonymity
VI. Is Regulating Internet Communication Feasible and Practical in Global Communication?
VI. Solutions to an International Problem
VIII. Conclusion
I. Introduction
1. Anonymous discourse has been an integral part of English and American literary and social
development. Notable examples of literary pseudonymity come from the works of Charles
Dickens1jj (Boz) and Samuel L. Clemensf2j (Mark Twain). The intertwining of anonymous
rhetoric and American social development is also evidenced by the pen of Publiusjj (James
Madison and Alexander Hamilton) in the Federalist Papers and the observations of Junius,[41 a
pre-Revolutionary War English pamphleteer whose identity still remains unknown. Such literary
history serves as a backdrop for the Supreme Court's interpretation of the First Amendment of the
Constitution and its applicability to anonymous communication.
2. With the history of anonymity serving as a precursory element to America's political and social
development, the Supreme Court began to shape the role of anonymity in First Amendment

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