A Threat Against Freedom of Speech

February 6th, 2011 | Posted in Blogging, Current Events, Hot Topics, Opinion, Websites | Comments Off

The mainstream media is a powerful beast isn’t it? Thanks to them anytime someone mentions an anonymous blogger you automatically get the picture of a loser sitting at a computer in a basement somewhere trying to stir up a big mess. In reality this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

The average anonymous blogger is no different from you or I. Most of them have jobs, decent homes decorated with nice looking art prints, nice families and so on. The only real difference is the reason they’re trying to blog anonymously.

Usually this reason has to do with an effort to get the truth out about something that an employer, powerful person, large corporation or even government agency is doing or trying to do that is just plain wrong. In short they’re a whistleblower.

The problem is that it’s become very hard these days to find a means of really safe anonymous publishing because in almost every case the blogger’s identity has to be known to the company that owns the site where the blog is hosted. This means that a court order can result in their identity being handed over to a group of lawyers who will then proceed to sue the living daylights out of the blogger and do everything they can to make their life a living hell until they take down whatever it is they wrote that those the lawyers represent didn’t like.

Along the way the original wrong that the would be anonymous blogger is trying to expose is lost in the shuffle, forgotten amid all the legal chicanery and slanted press.

Fortunately there is a means of safe anonymous publishing where an anonymous blogger can truely be anonymous and be able to expose the truth without having to deal with all that invasive nonsense that could cost them anything fromt their job to their life depending on where in the world they live.

What the would be anonymous blogger needs to do is download freenet, which is an anonymous peer to peer network that is designed to allow you to publish and obtain information on the Internet without any fear of censorship.

They can then publish that information on a website or blog that exists entirely within freenet and ask other freenet users to republish it on the regular internet in other jurisdictions. This way the information still comes out, will likely be published in several parts of the world at the same time and as long as the author takes care not to include personally identifying information they will remain 100% anonymous.

Freenet is the kind of resource that any whistleblower needs in today’s lawsuit-happy world. Using it would have very likely saved wikileaks a lot of trouble in recent months.

“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 – and their ideas from suppression – at the hand of an intolerant society.”

– Justice Stevens, McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission, 1996

In short, freenet is a tool that anyone who believes in freedom of speech should use.

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