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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Anonymous Smear Blogger Has Her Identity Revealed by Google After Defamation Suit

The trashy New York Post has a suitably inflammatory story about it.  This is a case study in the problem with anonymous speech on the Internet.  Predictably, the juvenile libertarians at the Electrronic Frontier Foundation aren't happy about this outcome.  My guess is that this this case is a symptom of a broader cultural shift, which reflects the increasing ugliness of Cyberspace and anger about Google's role in facilitating the spread of worthless speech.  (Here's another symptom of the problems with anonymity in Cyberspace.)  EFF will, I fear, be on the wrong side of these issues too.

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