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The Sixth District Court of Appeal in California has granted Cyberlaw Clinic client John Doe's motion to unseal records in H.B. Fuller v. Doe. In the trial court, Doe and Fuller stipulated to sealing documents Fuller claimed contained confidential information. On appeal, we moved to unseal the records in the appellate court because they do not contain confidential information. The appellate court agreed in this published opinion.
"Danielle Citron, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law and an expert on privacy issues, said the decision was "disappointing, but not surprising."
"In cases involving deeply humiliating and embarrassing allegations like an STD, plaintiffs will sacrifice their claims to avoid further damage," she said. "In privacy suits, we ought to reconsider the presumption against pseudonymity. If the decision is really due to the court's skepticism about the claim, then that should be the issue—the cognizably of the claim."
"“I think there’s definitely a pendulum swing, where we move and experiment with anonymity,” says Citron. “There’s certainly a destructive side to anonymity, as we’ve seen in Gamergate and other internet hate crimes. But anonymity also frees people to put their best self forward.”"
In the NSA's "Tor Stinks" presentation, they call Tor "the king of high-secure [sic] low-latency Internet anonymity" with "no contenders for the throne in waiting", and admit that even with their vast resources and massive data-centers, even the NSA can only effectively attack a tiny fraction of Tor users at once. In this workshop, Tom Lowenthal --- formerly of the Tor Project -- will teach us how to use Tor to browse the web safely. We'll learn a little about how Tor works, and what Tor can and can't protect against. Audience members are encouraged to bring their laptops: this is a hands-on session. You should walk away with Tor installed, and confident you can use it safely. This session is open to folks of all experience levels.
Anonymity is a key part of privacy. Many activists choose to use Tor, an open source anonymity tool run via the non-profit Tor Foundation. In this talk, Greg Norcie will discuss the usability of Tor, a commonly used anonymity tool.