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Old 29 Jan 2018, 08:29 AM   #1
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Anonymity - crucial or a menace?

What's your stance? Internet anonymity is crucial to me. I have avoided every single website that requires my true name - and also avoided every single email that requires something personal like a telephone number.

There are, however, people who think that anonymity is a huge problem.


How to Fix the Internet
Anonymity has poisoned online life

By Walter Isaacson

https://www.theatlantic.com/technolo...ternet/510797/
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Old 29 Jan 2018, 10:27 AM   #2
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By accident I was listening to this discussion with Walter Isaacson concerning Leonardo DaVinci while I read your post. So I read the article you mentioned while listening to the following:
https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-01-...ter-impresario

I agree with Isaacson. We would never agree to anonymity in our direct personal interactions. Let me give you some examples:
  • Would you drop your children off at a school where the teachers wore masks and hid their identity? Of course not.
  • Would a bank give you a loan if you walked in wearing a mask with no identification? No!
  • When I visit customer offices as part of my work (I’m in technical sales), I must show my driver license or other photo identification (such as a passport) at every government office, government contractor office, and all but the smallest commercial offices.
  • If anyone could send through your email provider’s SMTP sending server (which is called an open relay), a spammer could send many thousands of spam and malware messages per hour using a bot and they could not be stopped (since they would be anonymous). This happened in the early deployment of email, but open relays now are not allowed due to their misuse and the fact that the owner of the serve can’t charge for running the server.
  • If the EMD Forums allowed anyone to post without setting up an account with a password, the deluge of spam would make this website unusable.
  • If someone could anonymously make a claim to law enforcement about you and that was all that was needed to convict you, or law enforcement couldn’t identify someone they arrested while committing a crime, our system of laws would fall apart.
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Old 30 Jan 2018, 08:06 AM   #3
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Crucial!!!!!!!!
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Old 30 Jan 2018, 08:33 AM   #4
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Like everything, there are many shades of grey here. For example, if you forced everyone to reveal their true identity you would eliminate many whistle blowers at companies big and small. What about voting? Yes, you need to establish your identity to the system, but do you want your voting records stored and therefore possibly available to the public? I happen to know of a sexual predator whose victims were children. People didn't come forward for years because they were afraid of being exposed to all the nastiness that comes with this sort of thing. There are many places in the world where critical words written about whomever is in power might mean a midnight visit from the police and a trip to a dungeon.I know I would be very relucatant to participate in most online forums if my true identity were available simply because you never know who will use it to stalk you, threaten you, or possibly deny you a job or worse. I quit a rather wonderful forum because I went by my true identity and there was a nutcase there who threatened me with all sorts of vile stuff. Several people I know were attacked by him. I believe one lost his job because of this person's false attacks sent to the person's employer. Others were attacked digitally via the Internet and had their computer systems wrecked. The threatener was a a bit of an evil genius software hacker. Someone else I know called the police on him several times because of the threats.
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Old 1 Feb 2018, 10:16 AM   #5
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Based on my current anonymity profile on the internet, not so critical. I use my real name is a few places. I tend to try and stick with following TOS's so My real name is used were appropriate. I don't like giving out my phone number though and so far have been successful in doing so. Not so much for privacy though, just don't want to be annoyed with useless text. My brother recently asked me to check out Google Duo so we could chat, I had not heard of it before. Checked it out downloaded it, discovered it needs my number, not going to happen. I already have a Skype account so, I told him to try that.
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Old 9 Feb 2018, 12:07 PM   #6
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Anonymity is fading away. It won't be long till everyone has to submit a dna sample to interact online.
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Old 10 Feb 2018, 05:09 AM   #7
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Yup things are getting quite intrusive thats for sure!!!

Its very scary...........
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Old 11 Feb 2018, 01:19 AM   #8
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One danger of seeking anonymity is that it can make you stick out like a sore thumb in a world where most people share lots of details of their lives. For example, I know that many companies hire services that scan the entire Internet for traces of your existence and if you don't show up on things like Facebook and LinkedIn it would look very suspicious. I would guess that your job application might never make it out of the round of AI scanning if that were the case. Even when applying for jobs at small companies one of the first things any hiring manager does is to Google search you, check your Facebook, etc. If you don't show up it would make you seem very strange--I know, because I do a fair bit of hiring! Similarly, if I am looking for a job and companies don't have clear contact information, photos and information on the staff, and other background I am much less likely to see that organization as legitimate.
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