<CPOV> Anonymity and Privacy
geert at xs4all.nl
Mon Apr 12 14:17:13 CEST 2010
Interesting. Let's hear the compelling voices that argue in favor of
anonymity/pseudonymity on Wikipedia. I never understood this. Funny
enough the organizers of Bangalore and Amsterdam conference never
discussed to include this topic on the agenda. It is somehow not
considered a very urgent issue. Maybe because, in the end, anonymity
on the Net doesn't exist anyway. And we all know that (or should
know...). This turns mask wearing into a somewhat funny theatrical
situation. It also, potentially, could mean that we feel for sorry for
them. Aren't they aware that it doesn't exist? It is a kind of
Zizekian 'concious false conciousness' that the anonymous users enjoy?
On 12 Apr 2010, at 1:56 PM, Felipe Ortega wrote:
> On lun, 2010-04-12 at 13:46 +0200, Juliana Brunello wrote:
>> I was reading an article at the new york times and came across the
>> following sentence: anonymity was a habit, not a guarantee. It is
>> article about rethinking anonymity.
>> Some people feel invaded in their privacy if they have to put their
>> names on a comment, much like Wikipedians who "forget to sign"
>> their names
>> on discussion pages and have a problem with the bots who correct
>> it. The
>> problem is that anonymous users/users with fake identities are oft
>> cause of flaming.
>> In local everyday life, it is hard to be anonymous or keep a fake
>> if you make a comment. I assume these users would not feel invaded in
>> their privacy in this case. OR: Would they maybe just not comment on
>> My question is: How to deal with anonymity and privacy nowadays?
> Some thoughts about the implications of this issue as for public
> data on
> the Internet, with examples:
> Something that still puzzles me is how people still want to consider
> their data private when they participate in publicly audited projects.
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