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[liberationtech] Anonymity + Peer to peer exchange of tactics exchange - possible?

Susannah Vila susannah.vila at
Thu May 10 14:44:36 PDT 2012

Hey all,

Kristin Antin just
call for feedback on how to balance online anonymity and peer to peer
tactics exchange as she works on revamping New Tactics' online platform.
Here's an excerpt:

I am the Online Community Builder for New Tactics in Human Rights, a
project of the Center for Victims of Torture.  We offer human rights
practitioners a platform for peer-to-peer exchange on tactics – sharing new
ideas, challenges and experiences.  We are beginning a process to improve
our online platform, which has motivated me to reach out to my network of
peers for advice on the best way to ensure an appropriate level of
responsibility when it comes to the privacy of our online community members.

As I reflect on New Tactics’ ability to bring human rights practitioners
together online in our community of practice and our efforts to ensure the
privacy of those practitioners, I find that questions still remain in how
to strike that balance between providing privacy and building community.

 *I wonder if others who manage or have managed online environments can go
a step further and brainstorm on best practices on balancing privacy with
community? *

Kristin starts the conversation with a number of examples - i.e. Anonymity
vs. verification of identity (and the issue of trust), Email notifications
vs. raised suspicion and Collecting useful analytics vs. blocking third through to read the whole




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