Anonymous Free Speech
nobody

Jonesboro, AR

#1 Feb 1, 2013
Just say 'NO' to registration!

Anonymity

https://www.eff.org/ja/issues/anonymity

Many people don't want the things they say online to be connected with their offline identities. They may be concerned about political or economic retribution harassment or even threats to their lives. Whistleblowers report news that companies and governments would prefer to suppress; human rights workers struggle against repressive governments; parents try to create a safe way for children to explore; victims of domestic violence attempt to rebuild their lives where abusers cannot follow.

Instead of using their true names to communicate these people choose to speak using pseudonyms (assumed names) or anonymously (no name at all). For these individuals and the organizations that support them secure anonymity is critical. It may literally save lives.

Anonymous communications have an important place in our political and social discourse. The Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly that the right to anonymous free speech is protected by the First Amendment. A much-cited 1995 Supreme Court ruling in McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission reads:

Protections for anonymous speech are vital to democratic discourse. Allowing dissenters to shield their identities frees them to express critical minority views ... Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority.... It thus exemplifies the purpose behind the Bill of Rights and of the First Amendment in particular: to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation ... at the hand of an intolerant society.

The tradition of anonymous speech is older than the United States. Founders Alexander Hamilton James Madison and John Jay wrote the Federalist Papers under the pseudonym "Publius " and "the Federal Farmer" spoke up in rebuttal. The US Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized rights to speak anonymously derived from the First Amendment.

The right to anonymous speech is also protected well beyond the printed page. Thus in 2002 the Supreme Court struck down a law requiring proselytizers to register their true names with the Mayor's office before going door-to-door.

These long-standing rights to anonymity and the protections it affords are critically important for the Internet. As the Supreme Court has recognized the Internet offers a new and powerful democratic forum in which anyone can become a "pamphleteer" or "a town crier with a voice that resonates farther than it could from any soapbox."

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has been involved in the fight to protect the rights of anonymous speakers online. As one court observed in a case handled by EFF along with the ACLU of Washington "[T]he free exchange of ideas on the Internet is driven in large part by the ability of Internet users to communicate anonymously."

We've challenged many efforts to impede anonymous communication both in the courts or the legislatures. We also previously provided financial support to the developers of Tor an anonymous Internet communications system. By combining legal and policy work with technical tools we hope to maintain the Internet's ability to serve as a vehicle for free expression.

I am 'guest!' Hear me roar!
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#3 Feb 1, 2013
Just to mention a few things...

MOST of the knuckle-draggers here will not read more than 4 lines. They don't know that many words. They for sure don't know that many words that aren't misspelled. And cut-and-pasting is always a path leading straight to "ignore". Looks too much like preaching.
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#4 Feb 1, 2013
guest wrote:
Just to mention a few things...
MOST of the knuckle-draggers here will not read more than 4 lines. They don't know that many words. They for sure don't know that many words that aren't misspelled. And cut-and-pasting is always a path leading straight to "ignore". Looks too much like preaching.
Thanks for posting!

“truth is a three edged sword”

Since: Jan 11

Babylon 5, Epsilon Eridani

#5 Feb 1, 2013
if we lose anonymous online speech it would only be because of all the libelous writing that is happening on sites like topix. eventually people will get tired of all the lies and hate and will demand the government do something about it. when that happens, and I believe it will, you will have nobody to blame but yourselves.
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#6 Feb 1, 2013
my truths wrote:
if we lose anonymous online speech it would only be because of all the libelous writing that is happening on sites like topix. eventually people will get tired of all the lies and hate and will demand the government do something about it. when that happens, and I believe it will, you will have nobody to blame but yourselves.
Don't you mean ourselves?
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#7 Feb 2, 2013
my truths wrote:
if we lose anonymous online speech it would only be because of all the libelous writing that is happening on sites like topix. eventually people will get tired of all the lies and hate and will demand the government do something about it. when that happens, and I believe it will, you will have nobody to blame but yourselves.
Any posting that is truly libelous on here is not protected speech. Topix will comply with legal process. If Topix gets shut down it will be because the powers that be don't like much of what gets expressed here that is truly protected free speech.
MustBAMistake

Springdale, AR

#8 Feb 2, 2013
Maybe the government trolls are using the age old trick, "create a problem to fix a problem."
guest

Dallas, TX

#9 Feb 2, 2013
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#10 Feb 3, 2013
guest wrote:
Just to mention a few things...
MOST of the knuckle-draggers here will not read more than 4 lines. They don't know that many words. They for sure don't know that many words that aren't misspelled. And cut-and-pasting is always a path leading straight to "ignore". Looks too much like preaching.
I am preaching. This is a Topix Anonymous Free Speech Revival!
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#11 Feb 4, 2013
We take it for granted. We'll miss it when it's gone.
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#12 Feb 11, 2013
Post as 'guest.' Then nobody will ever be able to post a picture of your wife on here.
guest

Blytheville, AR

#13 Sep 27, 2013
We need it more than ever in an election cycle.

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