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.

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    Anonymous Patriot, 12 Jan 2006 @ 8:03pm

    With anonymity there is freedom. Don’t be so afra

    The reason anonymity is so popular, is that a lot of people like to do things that the “public” thinks is deviant, or wrong. Like having sex.

    Not having the ability to anonymously exchange information about “embarrassing” but life threatening information is dangerous. I would much prefer that my daughter be able to anonymously learn where to get condoms, and how to properly use them, than that the Feds are not able to figure out who bought an extra ton of fertilizer this month.

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