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Anonymous speech is pretty important. Political critique and commentary, reporting crimes, and many other situations demand the ability to speak anonymously to preserve truth, promote safety, and protect rights. Anonymity also promotes the spread of the best ideas because the idea is not contaminated with the reputation of the speaker.
Anonymous Speech Is Free Speech
Blog comments are the new public pamphlet. Instead of publishing a piece of paper, people post articles and comments to the articles.
You might need to make an anonymous comment:
2. if you want to leave a comment that would be classified as a characteristic of a domestic terrorist such as citing the US Constitution;
3. if you want to make a comment criticizing Israel, criticizing US foreign policy, or supporting Saudi Arabia, Islam, Muslims, Palestinians, the Qu’ran, or Iran;
4. when making a comment contrary to the political, religious or scientific beliefs, opinions and policies of friends, family members, co-workers, employers, or others in the community;
5. when making any comment that might incriminate you in illegal activity.
It is imperative that there be a way to comment anonymously. So here is how to leave a comment anonymously.
Step 1: Use A VPN Or Other Proxy Server
When you leave a comment, the website administrator can usually see the IP address of the computer that left the comment. This can be used to trace the comment back to your computer unless you are using a proxy server. So anytime you want to make a truly anonymous comment, go through a trusted proxy like Witopia, Cryptohippie or Identity Cloaker.
Step 2: Use A Pseudonym
The internet is full of pseudonyms. You can use the same pseudonym many times to build up a reputation behind the pseudonym, like Thomas Paine or Benjamin Franklin did, or you can choose a new and exciting handle every time you comment.
Step 3: Fake An Email Address
Some websites, like HowToVanish.com, don’t make you register to comment. On these sites you can put sown any bogus email address with an “@” and a “.com”. Things like “email@example.com” or “firstname.lastname@example.org” will work just fine.
Some sites make you register or log in before commenting. You can set up an anonymous free email account all over the place. Do that using the proxy server, use the anonymous email address, and never use it again, except maybe to comment on the same website.
Anonymous comments on a website protect privacy, protect fundamental rights and promotes the public good. You can find other tips for protecting the privacy of your communications in the book How To Vanish. Now that you know how to comment anonymously on websites, use your powers for good!
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