Tuesday, 16 June 2009

The Fallacy of Blogging Anonymity

It never ceases to amaze me how people overlook the fact that the basic reality of blogging is that it is a highly public endeavour. Many bloggers and social media users nevertheless behave gullibly and assume that because they blog behind the privacy of their PC screen it means they can't be seen by others. This Ostrich behaviour has just claimed its latest victim.

Detective Constable Richard Horton has just been disciplined by his force for blogging as Night Jack A blog that discussed the world of the police service...all in the public interest. What is interesting is that the RSS feed still seems able to read this blog or at least an echo of it because the Snapshot window shows at least four recent posts - including Return of the Lucky and Erm..Hello.

The key thing about this story is that UK courts seem unlikely to protect anonymous bloggers in future should they step on people's toes. Bloggers need to understand that they should communicate on-line like they would communicate face to face. Offence, false accusations, sharing confidential information are all publicly risky things to do.

The solution? - don't bury your head in the sand. You might not be able to see them, but they can see you.On other hand you could try Hide My Ass

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