Real Lame: The EFF’s reaction to Facebook’s Real Names policy

To explain a bit of the title to normal folks, the EFF stands for the “Electronic Frontier Foundation,” a small but influential advocacy group and general proponent of digital freedom and the rights of individuals online. The Facebook Real Names Policy refers to part of Facebook’s legal terms of service which state that you must […]

Why the loss of online privacy will kill free speech

A few months back, an advertising executive argued that more online privacy would kill free speech. Richard Frankel, president of the advertising company Rocket Fuel, titled the post “How the Do Not Track Plan Will Ultimately Kill Free Speech.” It’s understandable that advertisers are so resistant to the concept of Do Not Track – it […]

To be (anonymous) or not to be: should you use your real name on the internet?

What sort of trail do you leave online?  Do you comment as yourself?  Do you think that using only the first initial of your last name, like John S., doesn’t link to you?  Do you use a profile picture?  Be honest:  do you have any idea how many times you’ve left your real name on […]