25+ yrs doing tech startups. BA in Anthropology. Worked at Apollo/Wildfire/USWeb/TiVo…Daughter Shadi Fotouhi at Mass Art (game design) and Shireen Hinckley is a freelance movie/TV editor in LA (hire her, she's amazing!). Partner Mollie Pepper does awesome work focused on violence, gender, and borders.
Don't completely believe my current location. I'm still primarily in Somerville, MA, but will be migrating to La Conner, WA next summer.
Protections for anonymous speech are vital to democratic discourse. Allowing dissenters to shield their identities frees them to express critical, minority views . . . Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority. . . . It thus exemplifies the purpose behind the Bill of Rights, and of the First Amendment in particular: to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation . . . at the hand of an intolerant society.
1995 Supreme Court ruling in McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission
There's no way on Google+ for me to create a page of my favorite posts, so FWIW:
Who is hurt by the "real names" policy? A summary.
I'm a middle aged, American, white guy; why is name privacy so important to me?
On Pseudonymity, Privacy and Responsibility on Google+. This covers every argument against pseudonyms that I have heard, and gives lots of examples of real people whom Google doesn't believe are worth allowing here.
Read two bloggers talking about what it's like to get a dozen or so threats of physical violence every week…from people who have found out where you live.
and what it's like when your business gets destroyed by someone spreading lies and creating fake web sites.
On privilege, a word I always used to hate.
How Google needs to fix "common name" enforcement.
It's Google's service, why do I feel I have a right to ask them to change?
How has the internet changed what it means to be "public"? (At the end of an example of the importance of anonymity in influencing scientific change.)
For more good information on the debate about controlling who knows your wallet name, see the web page "Who is Harmed by a Real Name's Policy" http://j.mp/pojGSo and the site http://my.nameis.me/. For more on the ethical issues surrounding requiring legal names, the Oxford University blog, "Practical Ethics", expands on the idea here: http://j.mp/pUMa0j
I founded or cofounded seven of the ten startups I’ve been involved in. I have dealt with everything from financing (VC pitches, finding private investors, cutting deals with corporate investors, and by-the-bootstraps) to marketing and sales, public presentations, tutorials, panels and standards committees. On the technical side I have ranged from pure development, to managing development and IT groups, to providing architecture and technology solutions for developers. I believe in flat hierarchies, well-defined processes, and building fun corporate cultures.