An excellent column from George Will. If you didn’t see it, then you really must go and read it. Here’s the synopsis: In the name of “letting in the sunlight”, people are attempting to force disclosure of the names/addresses of people who sign various petitions (in this case, for a referendum). But then those people can become the targets of those who disagree with their position. In fact, that is exactly why some people want the names released. Especially in the internet age, governments need to be very careful about both what types of information become public as well as how that information is accessed (putting everything on the internet, SSNs and all is not a good idea).
Disclosure as Liberal Coercion