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How to blog anonymously, a guide

Electronic Frontier Foundation Media Release

EFF Releases How-To Guide for People Who Want to Blog
Safely and Anonymously

San Francisco, CA - With the privacy of bloggers and their
news sources coming under fire in the court system (see,
e.g., Apple v. Does), it's crucial that web writers know
how to express themselves without risking their jobs or
social lives. Yesterday the Electronic Frontier Foundation
(EFF) released "How to Blog Safely (About Work or Anything
Else)," a how-to guide for bloggers worried about
protecting their privacy and free speech.

The guide covers basic measures people can take to keep
their blogs anonymous and explores what the law says about
discussing work-related issues online. Some advice is
common sense; for example, don't post a picture of yourself
if you want to stay anonymous. But for bloggers who want
strong guarantees of privacy, EFF suggests using
technologies like Tor or Anonymizer to prevent your
blog-hosting company from logging your computer's unique
Internet Protocol (IP) address. Bloggers who fear they
could be fired for blogging are also given an introduction
to laws that prevent an employer from punishing them for
speaking out online.

"There is a lot of misinformation out there about the ways
people could get into trouble for blogging," said EFF
Policy Analyst Annalee Newitz. "We hope advice about online
anonymity and the law will help more people engage in free
expression without living in fear of reprisals, legal or

How to Blog Safely (About Work or Anything Else)

Apple v. Does

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About EFF

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading civil
liberties organization working to protect rights in the
digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF actively encourages and
challenges industry and government to support free
expression and privacy online. EFF is a member-supported
organization and maintains one of the most linked-to
websites in the world at http://www.eff.org/


Posted by Declan McCullagh on Apr 07, 2005 in category free-speech

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