Cindy Cohn, legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, replied by saying that anonymity is needed to allow freedom of expression and has been vital for pro-democracy movements such as last year's revolutions that spawned the phrase the Arab Spring. "This country was founded on unpopular ideas by unpopular speakers and they used anonymity. It's part of why we have protection of freedom of speech, to protect unpopular ideas," she said. "The Federalist papers were not signed, neither were the comments to them."

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