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October 2010

ANONYMITY on the internet

Breaking a Tradition can happen on social networking sites, but it's easily prevented

THE Traditions are of the utmost importance for the survival of AA as a whole, but they were written in an era when methods of communication were fairly limited, consequently leaving some holes for the AAs of today to fill in. I remember when I first started thinking about anonymity, the Eleventh Tradition and the internet. Turning to the AA World Service pamphlet "Understanding Anonymity," I looked for answers. The pamphlet says that websites should be considered public media, and therefore we shouldn't use our full name or images on any public site. It goes on to say that ". . . the level of anonymity in emails, online meetings, and chat rooms would be a personal decision."

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