This is important. Thanks for blogging it. In December, the ACLU filed an amici brief in support that Twitter not release account information for people who commented about the death of Kendrick Johnson.
Google and Twitter Speak Up in Support of the First Amendment Rights of Their Users
Yesterday was a good day for Google and Twitter users. It was a good day for science. And it was a good day for the Internet. Why? Because these two technology companies, along with prominent scientists and a public advocacy group, added their voices to the growing consensus that the constitutional right to speak anonymously on the Internet requires special protection in defamation lawsuits brought against anonymous Internet users.
Here’s the background: PubPeer, LLC operates a website devoted to anonymous post-publication review of scientific research (its founders have explained its mission here). This website is an important forum for scientists to debate the merits of their peers’ work without worrying about retaliation or adverse professional consequences. But its…
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