Can you legitimately call yourself a privacy advocate or privacy lawyer if you advocate reducing others’ privacy? I don’t think so, and I was very disappointed to read a letter to the editor in today’s New York Times by Christopher Wolf (@privacywolf). Chris writes, in part:
It is time to consider Facebook’s real-name policy as an Internet norm because online identification demonstrably leads to accountability and promotes civility.
People who are able to post anonymously (or pseudonymously) are far more likely to say awful things, sometimes with awful consequences, such as the suicides of cyberbullied young people. The abuse extends to hate-filled and inflammatory comments appended to the online versions of newspaper articles — comments that hijack legitimate discussions of current events and discourage people from participating.
Read more on The New York Times. The paper is inviting readers to respond to Chris’s commentary and they will publish responses and his rejoinder in their Sunday Review.