Why Anonymity Matters | Gawker

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Gawker Media is flying in the face of conventional media wisdom. While other outlets are doing away with anonymity, we’ve built anonymous accounts into our new comment system. We’ll accept some disorder if that’s the price of freedom in one’s personal life, in politics and the press.

For anonymity, we’re introducing the “Burner” — a new way to submit information or commentary without associating any real identity. To use a Burner, just enter a pseudonym in the login and start typing or uploading. That’s it. Your machine is linked to that particular pseudonym and we’ll provide a randomly-generated key if you need to switch to a different device or continue a conversation later. But there is no username, email address or password that could compromise your identity. Yes, even if we’re hacked.

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