Should Anonymity Be Sacrificed? Essay

2018 Words Oct 17th, 2016 9 Pages
Supreme Court Justice Scalia once said, “The very purpose of anonymity is to facilitate wrong by eliminating accountability” (Palme). But what if the facilitating has gone too far? Should anonymity be sacrificed? This is an issue where in a senatorial election Candidate A starts spreading defamatory information regarding the candidate B through an anonymous email server. Candidate B then believes that whoever is sending these emails is hurting her campaign. Does candidate B have any right to request the identity of the anonymous email? Is candidate A actually breaking any laws here? Let’s examine this case under the ethic worldviews of Kantianism, Utilitarianism, Social Contract Theory and Virtue Ethics. The first thing that needs to be determined is what the ethical issue is. The issue is whether or not a candidate has a right to know who sent out a slanderous ad. This is an issue because we need to determine if a candidate has a right to privacy. There are several variables to this in relation to free speech law and them being a public figure. Is an anonymous email, which is defined as a, “as a message providing the recipient with no information concerning the identity of the message originator” (Mostyn). This allows an individual to send messages on the internet without having to post his name. Should a political race include these sorts of emails--especially when relating to defamatory speech? Kantianism is a theory developed by the a german…

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