Last Updated Mon Feb 05 21:30:50 PDT 2001
Files in this Archive
- This article talks about remailer
vulnerabilities and the possibilities of NSA and the CIA using
Denial of Service attacks to make annonymus remailers harder to
use and less likely to be used.
- FBI Director Louis Freeh's
testimony on protecting children from online predators.
- Press release on the winning of an
injunction by Johan Helsingius (operator of Finnish pseudonymous remailer
anon.penet.fi) against preliminary court ruling that he would have to
reveal the true identity of a user of the system.
- Press release on the closure of
pseudonymous remailer anon.penet.fi, from the server's administrator,
Johan "Julf" Helsingius, in response to preliminary ruling from Finnish
courts that email has no privacy protection.
- Anonymous remailer FAQ.
- Misc. anonymous remailer information.
- "The Coming Jurisdictional Swamp of Global
Internetworking (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Anonymity)",
by Douglas Barnes. Overview of several reasons why anonymity on the Net
is a good idea, and a look at the many ways in which a foreign
jurisdiction can exercise authority over citizens of other countries.
- "The Unscrupulous Diner's Dilemma and
Anonymity in Cyberspace", article by David Johnson. Excerpt: "The
ultimate implication, I believe, is that to achieve a civilized form
of cyberspace, we have to limit the use of anonymous communications.
Many early citizens of cyberspace will bitterly oppose any such
development, arguing that anonymous and pseudonymous electronic
communications are vital to preserve electronic freedoms and allow free
expression of human personality. But the problem with that view is that
we all collectively face the diners' dilemma -- we must collaborate in
groups to build a rich social fabric, and we know that the ability to
act anonymously, sporadically, in large groups brings out the worst in
human character." One of Mr. Johnson's more controversial pieces.
- Summary of Canadian law supporting a right to
anonymity and pseudonymity.
- Help file for Hal Finney's (and others) anon. remailers.
- FAQ file regarding anonymity on the Internet.
- FAQ on identity, privacy and anonymity on the
- pointer to list of remailers.
- a Jan. 1996 paper by Paul Strassmann of
West Point Military Academy, and William Marlow of SAIC, labelling
anonymous remailers and their supposed potential for "information
terrorists" to be "by far the greastest threat to the commercial,
economic and political viability of the Global Information
Infrastructure." A deeply flawed, hysterial, and factually incorrect
piece of work, right up there with Denning's "crypto-anarchy" paper,
and Rimm's "study" of "cyberporn".
Subdirectories in This Archive
- Up to the Parent Directory
- Directory of info on global, US state, and non-US
anonymity & pseudonymity issues.
- Directory of information about "strategic lawsuits against
public participation" (SLAPPs) - largely or entirely bogus cases
(or other legal tactics) targeting underfunded critics, whistleblowers
or competitors to expose and silence them. Includes cause of
subpoena and discovery abuse to "out" anonymous critics.
Related On-Site Resources
McIntyre v. Ohio
- 1995 US Supreme Court decision
reaffirming the First Amendment right of anonymous communication.
- Documents pertaining to electronic money
- Documents pertaining to Digital Signature
Standard (DSS) and security issues.
Freeh/Allen Senate Testimony
- FBI Dir., Louis Freeh, and
president of Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Ernest Allen,
testifying before the Commerce, Justice and State Dept. Subcommittee
of the Senate Appropriations Committee, at a hearing on FBI efforts
to catch child pornographers and molestors who use the Internet.
Freeh reveals that FBI agents are paid to pretend to be 13-year-old
girls in online chat rooms, and attacks online anonymity and privacy,
saying that while the FBI should be able to hide its agents' identities
while they pretend to be naughty pubescents, the rest of the world
should be identifiable to law enforcement agents automatically. Freeh
suggests mandating (or possibly allowing for voluntary implementation
of) Internet Service Providers call-tracking all of their users,
including with Caller-ID and permanent logging, so that police can
immediately ID a suspect. Nevermind warrants or anything like
due process. Yet another attempt by the FBI to wrangle new
surveillance powers over the new medium. (Mar. 10, 1998)
Links to Related Off-Site Resources
- A bulletized summary of all major online privacy and anonymity issues.
CommunityConnexion's "John Doe for Windows"
- A Win3.x-based nymserver - protects identity in online interactions,
- A kind of firewall that allows you to browse the web anonymously