Take care... the big brother is watching you

quarta-feira, 2 de março de 2011

One of the most interesting facts about George Orwell, author of 1984 and Animal Farm, is that he was not George Orwell. The man who created a society of total transparency and observation chose to conceal his own name, Eric Blair. Authors like Blair, Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot), and Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) adopted noms de plume for a variety of reasons ranging from persecution to prejudice to privacy. The practice of publishing anonymously was once the norm among literary and political thinkers. ..

Like the right to distribute thoughts, the right to anonymousthoughts is an essential component of free speech. It is a right that protects the most valuable speech in a free nation: thoseviews that challenge the status quo and question both the government and most of its citizens.

~~ Jonathan Turley, Registering Publius: The Supreme Court and the Right to Anonymity. (worth reading)

Anonymouse lets you visit any website undercover. As they put it:

Many mice surf the web under the illusion that their actions are private and anonymous. Unfortunately, this is not the way it is. Every time you visit a site for a piece of cheese, you leave a calling card that reveals where you are coming from, what kind of computer you use, and other details. And many cats keep logs of all your visits, so that they can catch you! This service allows you to surf the web without revealing any personal information. It is fast, it is easy, and it is free!

Just enter a website URL at Anonymouse and you are undercover. I've tried it and it works fine. It also works for sending anonymous email.
Sic semper tyrannis.

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