HOWTO be more anonymous in your anonymous blog

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8 Responses to “HOWTO be more anonymous in your anonymous blog”

  1. With Google+ making huge waves in the World Wide Web, people might just abandon anonymity and embrace transparency. Just a thought.

    • querent says:

      Not always possible, of course.  Repressive governments, and all that.

    • marilove says:

      Tell that to those who have been tortured and dismembered for speaking out against the Mexican cartels.  Just a thought.

    • Lexica says:

      Right… because “embracing transparency” will do oh so much to help protect people escaping abusive relationships, people being stalked, women who get harassed simply for being female… the list goes on.

      Transparency is not a cure-all, and people calling for it are displaying their own ignorance of the wide range of reasons why it isn’t.

  2. MadMolecule says:

    There will always be a place for Publius.

  3. narddogz says:

    Ah, Google Analytics… I’ve heard of that, probably because it happens to be active on this very page right now. Let’s see what else might be watching us here right now on good old boingboing.net (based on Ghostery):

    24/7 RealMedia Adify Admeld AdNexus Bizo Chango Chartbeat Collective Media Comscore Beacon ContextWeb Datran Disqus Doubleclick Federated Media Google +1 Google Adwords Conversion Google Analytics Google Custom Search Engine Invite Media Lijit Media Innovation Group Microsoft Atlas OpenX Quantcast Revenue Science Right Media Turn

    I find it rather ironic that if you want to really dial in your Ghostery privacy app, this is one of the best places to do it.

  4. jason gilbert says:

    Unless you’re in danger of death from your comments, only cowards post anonymously.

  5. Jay Stephens says:

    Generally informed thread on the merits of privacy and transparency.
    Transparency often will not do “instead of” privacy, but while the latter is required in extremis and as a backstop when society needs those who will speak truth to power, the former is an absolute requirement for society to stay genuinely healthy and conduct wide and deep debate to obtain consensus on morality and politics. Both have their place, both should be defended.

    My personal take on G+ profiles: Google should allow “filtering” by real names at all levels (e.g. allow you to block everything (including read rights against your posts) to people without real names… BUT should absolutely allow accounts to be created anonymously. I can’t see that would appreciably harm their monetisation model either, unless I’m missing something.

    My 2c.

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