The Difference Between Anonymity And Accountability
from the not-tied-to-each-other dept
Recently, it’s seemed like online anonymity has been under attack. There’s no doubt that people hide behind anonymity online to do bad things — but it’s not necessarily the anonymity that’s the problem. Bruce Schneier has an essay up on Wired News pointing out that the real problem is accountability, which can still exist with anonymity, though historically the two have been intertwined. It’s a good thing to remember the next time someone speaks out against online anonymity. Usually the problem is actually with accountability.