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Human Rights Video, Privacy and Visual Anonymity in the Facebook Age

The successful nationwide organizing and subsequent protests in Egypt to oust the 30-year regime of President Hosni Mubarak have in part been facilitated by Facebook. But as media and technology commentators and human rights activists alike are noting, using Facebook for activism is fraught with risks.

Facebook’s insistence that its users use their ‘real identity’ when signing up  — and deleting accounts and groups that do no comply — makes it difficult for human rights activists needing to work anonymously or pseudonymously. And it makes it easier for governments to track not only individuals but also their networks.

Read the full article by WITNESS here.

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