I take photos, shoot video and record audio to make stories I share online. I have gone by the name Documentally since I started taking the internet seriously. Initially It assisted me in protecting my identity when covering stories during the Iraq war. I had a few death threats from Turkish extremists and felt happier keeping my given name off the web. Now I am known by more people as Documentally than by any other name and I have found this to be beneficial when people need to find me online.
My pseudonym has spread across the social platforms as I have connected and told stories.
I would like the right to choose how I should be addressed. The name I have chosen is fundamental to my identity. It’s a small freedom to grant. The names others have chosen may well be keeping them alive.
Many of the arguments as to why corporations feel our given names should be tied into our online spaces appear to forget that no matter what name we use, it’s not difficult for the powers that be to find out who is who. Our digital trails tie us to our clicks, be they posts, purchases or comments. No one is truly anonymous.
Leave us our names. We are giving you everything else. Is that not enough?
(This post mirrors a comment I posted on http://my.nameis.me/supporters/)