In the TCI case, Dr. Cem Kinay was targeted by TCI Journal, a controversial internet blog in Turks and Caicos, using accusations and innuendo to seemingly create doubt about Dr. Kinay's debuting resort. TCI Journal has been known to create anonymous names to make serious allegations against dozens of the island's developers. Hiding behind anonymous names is a tactic that TCI Journal says is necessary, due to fear of retaliation. Despite numerous requests for comment, Dr. Cem Kinay has maintained silence.
It appears from the actions of TCI Journal that fear is not a part of their vocabulary. Merely a quick scan of their site is telling. For example, TCI Journal posted and mocked a letter it received from one of the developer's attorneys. It appears to poke fun with insults and uses characters such as "The Torch" to do the dirty work.
Is the internet designed to be anonymous? Many experts agree that the internet does not come with any First Amendment guarantees, especially for speech that is not otherwise protected. Also, it is an error to hide behind the defamation defense of "truth", truth is subjective, as we learned in the case of Skanks.
There have been many examples of individuals and businesses targeted over the internet, using anonymity as a tool and blogs as their weapon. Due to lack of proper internet security regulations, many simply give up. However, these victims lose face professionally and socially.
When businesses are targeted,one wonders: is the author a competitor, or a disgruntled employee? Until now, it has been impossible to discover. Although it is not a given that a legal order to expose the targeter will be issued upon bringing suit, many courts have seen the necessity of changing the standards and have issued subpoenas upon good cause.
The latest trend in the legal system is that it is appropriate to be prepared to have your identity revealed. Making public comments over the internet that you cannot prove is a risk. Judith Donath, fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University says, "You can claim anonymity, but there is a range of things that a judge will use to determine whether you have used your anonymity responsibly."