But anonymous commenters, she argued, tend to be more free-flowing in their vitriol as they face little risk in having their remarks traced back to them and being held accountable.
"A system of identification also smokes out the cowards," she added.
The idea apparently mirrors a proposal put forth last week by the Obama administration, which would create an online identification system that White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said would be useful for "enhancing online security and privacy."
The New York Times called it "Orwellian-sounding" and noted in a news headline that it "Sounds an Awful Lot Like a National Internet ID."
"We are talking about a government-controlled system. That is exactly what we are talking about," noted the Times article, which was written by Curt Hopkins of ReadWriteWeb.