Daniel Brandt

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Daniel Leslie Brandt (born 1947) is an American activist and frequent commentator regarding privacy issues and the World Wide Web. In 1989, Brandt and Steve Badrich cofounded Public Information Research, a non-profit corporation that "specializes in monitoring privacy violations on the web." In 2002, Brandt launched Google Watch, a website offering general criticism of Google.


  • An American soldier in the 1960s said about a Vietnamese village, "We had to destroy it in order to save it." He presumed that the village was infested with commies instead of populated by peasants. The problem with Wikipedia is that it is infested with Wikipedians. In normal times, external pressure on a cult would be a corrective for a situation such as this. But the current web bubble mentality, and the easy money behind it, simply reinforces this runaway Wikipedia behavior.
  • I tried harder than Jimbo [Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales] to identify the vandal. Now Jimbo is mad at me because I did so. If Jimbo had to choose between supporting the rights of Brian Chase in this incident, or supporting the rights of John Seigenthaler, Sr. in this incident, it looks like he would lean toward supporting Brian Chase. The bottom line is that Jimbo has no sense of proportion concerning issues of privacy and accountability, and no familiarity with the professional ethics of journalism or publishing, and he lacks leadership skills as well.
  • I find it deeply insulting that my wishes mean nothing at Wikipedia. If I were a notorious criminal serving a life sentence, then it might make sense to dishonor the wishes of the subject.
  • If I'm a "privacy activist," how come I track all those names in NameBase (going on 24 years now)? Why is NameBase barely mentioned on Wikipedia? It's easy to figure out: Describing me as a "privacy activist" supports the mission of Wikipedia much better than describing me as an "accountability activist." It's more convenient for Wikipedia to see things this way, because it sanctions Wikipedia's own culture of anonymity.