A terrific Radio Berkman podcast this week on “Adventures in Anonymity” featuring Sam Bayard, a fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center and the Assistant Director of the Berkman Center’s Citizen Media Law Project. Along with host Daniel Dennis Jones, Bayard discusses the intersection of anonymity, free speech, defamation law, privacy, and more. In addition to sorting through the sticky legal and ethical issues, their discussion includes some really excellent historical perspectives on anonymous speech. They also get into the recent “skank” blogger case and the AutoAdmit case. I discussed those cases and some of these issues more generally in these essays:
- Randy Cohen’s “Guideline” for Anonymous Blogging: Ethical or Legal Matter?
- Guidelines & Best Practices for Anonymous Blogging (Pt.2)
- Anonymity, Reader Comments & Section 230
- The AutoAdmit Case and the Future of Sec. 230
- The Future of Sec. 230 and Online Immunity: My Debate with Harvard’s John Palfrey