Campus free speech: Internet freedom advocate defends anonymous internet platforms

Plaintiffs in a case involving online harassment and threats are asking a federal court for rules that would require universities to block access to anonymous online platforms. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a brief contending that the rules would limit political protest and free speech. EFF earlier argued “…preemptively removing access to anonymous online speech platforms violates all students’ First Amendment rights—threatening projects like the USG Girl Mafia at the University of Southern California, where students anonymously map locations of assault reports on campus. Anonymity was also essential for student activists at Guilford College in North Carolina, who used an online form to collect anonymous testimonials about racial violence from those who felt unsafe revealing their identities.” (EFF, January 18, 2018, by Aaron Mackey)