The Digital Media Project

 

Source

Martin Springer

Title

TRU #09 to publish content anonymously

No.

040216springer02

 

Name:

Martin Springer

Affiliation/additional information:

Active Contributor, Luebeck, Germany

Date submitted:

2004/02/16

 

#

Criteria

Description

1.

Name of TRU

TRU to publish content anonymously

2.

Summary description of TRU

To publish content without revealing the identity of the publisher

3.

Use records of TRU

"Anonymous publishers have played an important role throughout the history of publication. Freedom of anonymous speech is an essential component of free speech, and freedom of speech is a critical part of any healthy democracy". [1]

Example: The Pentagon Papers. [2]

4.

Nature of TRU

Supported by law in some countries (e.g. USA: First amendment [3])

5.

Benefits of TRU

"Under our Constitution, anonymous pamphleteering is not a pernicious, fraudulent practice, but an honorable tradition of advocacy and of dissent. Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority". [4]

6.

Possible digital support

  • Anonymous Remailers
  • Rewebbers [1]

7.

Requirements

  • configurable TRU
  • a user-set profile for the anonymous publication of content

8.

References

[1] - TAZ Servers and the Rewebber Network: Enabling Anonymous Publishing on the World Wide Web, Ian Goldberg, David Wagner, 1998
[2] - The Pentagon Papers Case
[3] - First amendment - an overview
[4] - US Supreme Court, McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Comm'n (93-986), 514 U.S. 334 (1995)