According to some people anonymity is a dangerous thing and governments will demand an end of it. Especially where it concerns the web.
Anonymity is an interesting word, and is derived from the greek word anoymia, meaning without a name of namelessness. In colloquial use anonymity refers to the state of an individual personal identity, being publicly known.
Attempts at anonymity are not always met with support from society. There is a trend in society to mistrust someone who makes an effort to maintain their anonymity. This is summed up best in the statement "you wouldn't want to stay anonymous unless you had something to hide."
Recently Googles CEO said in reference to anti social behavior , "The only way to manage this is true transparency and no anonymity. In a world of asynchronous threats, it too dangerous for there not to be some way to identify you. We need (verified) name service for people. Governments will demand it."
The future of the web - no anonymity.
What could this means? The loss of anonymity will endanger privacy. And this is certainly true if history is any indication.
All indications are trending in that direction of less anonymity, not to be confused with privacy, which is another issue entirely.
But the internet is too important in enabling free speech and competition. Two vital ingredients in democracy. While some may argue this raises the question of if anonymity is essential for democracy? The Federal papers, for example were published anonymously.
Anonymity is as old as writing, some say. Others say with the invention of the web anonymity is dead, at least in the conventional sense. It will be interesting to see how all this evolves over the next decade.
I guess the real question is can we strike a balance between the two. Or it it an inevitable clash of interests. You can 'sound off' by leaving a comment, or sharing your ideas on this topic? Certainly we would like you to do that.
Robert Tilford *_*