Should bloggers be allowed remain anonymous?

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Should bloggers have an automatic right to remain anonymous?

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  1. Fergal

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    A UK High Court ruled this week that a blogger, who is a member of the UK police force was not entitled to maintain his anonymity and that The Times newspaper could name him. The judgement has worried other UK bloggers who post using online names and keep their real identities hidden.

    The blogger in this case protested that his remaining anonymous helped the public good because it allowed him to post content that otherwise not have been made public. I can see the benefit of that but I also believe that bloggers who post hurtful and defamatory comments about other people should not be allowed to continue posting what they like, behind an untraceable screen name.

    There was a blog in my home town a few years ago that posted extremely offensive comments about local business and political figures. These comments could never have appeared in a local newspaper, without resulting in a court action against the publication. However, the blogger was able to do it because his / her true identity was never revealed.

    So what do you think, should bloggers have an automatic right to remain anonymous?
     
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    i think so
    it will allow people to express their true feelings and attitudes
     
  3. Fergal

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    Should this still apply if what the blogger writes is not true and is hurtful and harmful to others?
     
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    I think they should be aloud to remain anonymous, Everyone should have the right to privacy. If someone post some harmful blog post it shouldn't effect the mass as a whole. We are living in a free world at the end of the day everyone should always have the right to freedom.
     
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    In my opinion, a blogger is someone who has an authority online and to gain more reputation he shouldn't remain anonymous. How do you think people will trust a blogger and follow him in his strategies if he don't want to tell them who he is! In the blogosphere and especially in the make money online field, the identity of almost all the successful bloggers are exposed to the public including names, pictures, planning and even adresses!

    This just my 2 cents.. And of course they should not force people to do something that they don't want to do, so if you want to keep your identity hidden it's ok but it will be better for your business if poeple ' readers' knows more about you...
     
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    Welcome to Business Advice Forum Joehema. People do have very important rights to freedom and privacy and those rights can sometimes conflict with the rights of anonymous bloggers.

    If a blogger posts something that breaches another person's right to privacy the victim's rights can come into conflict with the rights of the blogger and this is where problems arise. Should a blogger be allowed to continue doing this? If the blogger's identity is protected, it is difficult to prevent them from posting whatever they want, regardless of how it affects others.

    I agree with you fully Zak when it comes to business related bloggers. There are also some bloggers who can only continue to post what they do by remaining anonymous. For example, in the case I mentioned above the blogger was a police officer who posted inside information on police activities. Once his identity was revealed he was disciplined by the police force and can no longer blog the way he did. A police officer who blogged like that would be expelled from the force and would no longer have access to the inside info he needs to blog on that particular subject.

    It's interesting that voting so far is 50 | 50.
     
  7. Joehema

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    Depending on the circumstances, breaching someones right to there privacy is a good example of when this would be used. It also depended on what was said.

    In all reality if they pass the cyber bullying bill it will make it a federal offense to post hurtful content on the internet. If you cause emotion stress to anyone using a computer you could be charged and jailed by the federal government.
     
  8. Fergal

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    The main objective of the Cyber Bullying Bill appears to be to protect younger people, especially teenagers. Similar to this discussion it also generated controversy that it would limit peoples' right to free speech.
     
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    Of course a blogger or anyone else online should be able to remain anonymous! God forbid the day that the internet is controlled by the authorities, and the lawyers!! It is more dangerous to have the world know who you are, where you live, and what colour underwear you have on, than it is for some person to become offended by what they read or hear online.

    With IP addresses and Service Providers bound to certain regulations, it is possible for law enforsement (if necessary) to trace activity from any given location. This is fine, and in some cases (like child abduction, porn, etc) it is obviously expected.

    It is nobodys business who I am (unless I want them to know). They either visit my sites and read my material because they like and/or believe it to be accurate, funny, or inviting, or they don't!

    The other unenforcible aspect of this type of blanket policy, is the fact that every jurisdiction has its own laws, by-laws, and expectations of its population. There would never be a time when all nations, and territories agreed on which way to handle this issue. I mean, if I lived in the USA where the law stated that because I was a blogger I had to divulge my true identity, I would have to. Unless of course the law became ambiguous when looking at the location of the source of the information. For example Holland may be more liberal and decide it is NOT going to make it mandatory for a blogger to reveal their identity, which would technically mean that if the blog was hosted in Holland, the law in the USA would not apply.

    See all of the problems with trying to do this!
     
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    I think the definitive word here is "allowed". One thing I like best about the Internet is that, because it's a world community, it isn't governed by any one bureaucracy. So, yes, outside of child porn and scamming (such as, "you can earn a million dollars in a week!" sites), and other blatantly illegal activities (such as the manual on how to commit murder and get away with it) I believe bloggers and other web site owners should be allowed to remain anonymous.

    Yet, posting private, negative or sensitive information about one's place of employment, be it police cases or co-workers isn't a good idea. If you get found out, you'll get fired. Too bad for you, then, but IMO, you get what you deserve.

    I used to write a fair bit of x-rated erotica and I did post it anonymously on the web. However, because I care about my business more than my ability to publish erotica, I quit publishing it. These days, I don't write anything I can't put my name to or anything that I believe my clients might find objectionable.
     
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    That's a good way of putting it. Glad that you feel that way and only write those that you can put your name to Shyflower.

    But I think that there are still very valid reasons why bloggers/writers need to remain anonymous. First and foremost would be their security. If they're writing about some sensitive issues like racism or terrorism, it would be to their best interest to remain anonymous.
     
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    This thread has certainly generated some very interesting discussion. Would it be true to say that the general opinion is that bloggers should be allowed to maintain their anonymity provided that their blog remains within the law? However, if a blogger breaks the law by what they post, their identity should not be publicized.

    In the police officer case, it was a national newspaper who wished to reveal the identity of the blogger, which they uncovered through investigative work. Some people might argue that the newspaper's right to freedom of speech would be breached by forbidding them from publishing the blogger's identity?

    You're not as shy as your username might suggest :)
     
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    Anyone online needs to understand that the technology (even online) today is such that anybody with contacts or money (or in fact technical skills) can find out the identity of most people. If someone really wants to go to that extent to divulge information, there is little in their way.

    However as far as the "breaking the law" aspect of divulging someones identity, this would be matter for each independant jurisdiction, based on the laws that are relevant to them. A newspaper will always argue their right to information in the name of "public interest" and most of the time they will get away with it. However there are many cases on record where they don't, and this is why they have large insurance coverage for Libel and Defamation actions that may be taken against them.
     
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    The "public interest" is an argument used in many legal cases. In fact the police man blogger in this case argued that the protection of his identity was in the public interest, because it would allow him to keep blogging information that was of interest and benefit to the public.
     
  15. shyflower

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    :eek: I still am until people get to know me. Yet, over the years I have bloomed as flowers are supposed to do. :D
     

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