Transparency in a digital world is a very good thing. You all know that I’m very transparent with my activities on the web. I always sign-up for service with my real name and I’ve never left an anonymous blog comment in my life. I really do believe that if you’re going to do something on the web or otherwise, you should be comfortable with that action being viewed by all. What others in the web world might call transparency, I call integrity.
By no means am I trying to get on a high horse here and call out anyone who uses their initials or a fake name. Some people just aren’t as comfortable putting their ‘identity’ out there, and maybe for good reason. There are people out there that may use that information against you but I think there are more positives to being digitally transparent than there are negatives. I guess only time will tell.
Recently a Manhattan supreme court judge ruled that model, Liskula Cohen, was entitled to know the identity of the blogger behind a Blogger.com hosted blog called, ‘Skanks in NYC’ (since taken down). The judge ordered Google, which ran the offending blog, to turn it over. This is just a small example in the larger “blogosphere” of transparency taking over the digital world, but I do believe it sets a precedent.
The blog post about Ms Cohen read, “I would have to say the first-place award for ‘Skankiest in NYC’ would have to go to Liskula Gentile Cohen a 40-something who may have been hot 10 years ago, when she was actually 36.” I love how Ms Cohen handled this situation, she wasn’t trying to press charges, she just wanted the anonymity of the blogger to be removed. I agree with her, it will likely change the behavior of this blogger. I will also say that maybe this bloggers comments will change her behavior.
So what does this mean for future bloggers? It means that hopefully they will no longer be able to cowardly hide behind their URL. Your name, your identity, and more powerfully, your reputation is now directly associated with the content you publish on the web. I appreciate this judges movement to cut down on “cyber bullying” (lame term, but descriptive) and more or less force transparency, authenticity, and my favorite, integrity on the web. We’re going in the right direction.
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