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Everything Old is New Part 2: Why Online Anonymity Matters

Updated 17 January 2021 Every few weeks or so, someone white dude suggests that the way to solve all of our online problems is to require users to submit ID verification and use their “real names,” ignoring years of research and commentary. This is what I like to call the White Man’s Gambit. I’ve advocated […]

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Everything pundits are getting wrong about this current moment in content moderation: An ongoing list

Since Twitter and Facebook banned Donald Trump and began “purging” QAnon conspiracists, a segment of the chattering class has been making all sorts of wild proclamations about this “precedent-setting” event. As such, I thought I’d set the record straight. To my fellow content moderation/platform regulation experts reading this: I am taking submissions! Hit me up […]

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#2020

December 31, 2019. I preen in front of my mirror, dressed in an elegant 1920s-style faux-vintage loaner from a friend, then add the finishing touches—costume jewelry, a feathered headband, glitzy earrings. A friend swings by with her dog to pick me up, and we head to the suburbs for a rather adult party, planned to […]