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Order To Release YouTube Data Spares Backlash -- On Youtube

Publication Date: 
August 13, 2008
The Wall Street Journal
Dan Slater

Professor Lawrence Lessig is quoted in a Wall Street Journal story about the recent judicial order that required Google to turn over data about videos watched on YouTube:

Lawrence Lessig, a professor at Stanford Law School, says that the average Internet user is living increasingly in a "panopticon-like" environment, where Web users can be observed without being able to tell whether they are being watched. Internet protocol addresses are extraordinarily efficient fingerprints, says Mr. Lessig. "So anybody who thinks you're going to get on the Web and be anonymous is just ignorant about the way the Web functions."