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Comp 380 Feb 16 - Anonymity: a lost art? 2/16/2011...

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Anonymity: a lost art? 2/16/2011 Anonymity: o Anonymous speech has historically been a widely held value to be a right in American culture - dates back to pamphleteering during American Revolution o When U.S became a free colony, maintained level of protection for anonymous political speech o 1 st amendment of Constitution- holds dearly o A lot has changed since then: communicating anonymously has become much more widespread and accessible, communications move much faster from person to person, globally, and almost unstoppable o Does this cause us to think and act differently? Content reaches more people and therefore has different consequences for the actions Structure of the Internet o Anonymity is encoded into the foundation of the Internet; the opportunity to not represent you with name or picture, the default is to be unknown o Ability to separate things you are saying from consequences of what you’re saying- BIG ISSUE HERE- do people need to be forced to take responsibility for things they say? o Short answer- depends what they say- libel, slander etc.-especially in dealing with public figures Christopher “m00t” Poole, creator of 4chan – the case for anonymity
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This note was uploaded on 02/22/2012 for the course COMP 380 taught by Professor Pozefsky during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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