[LACNIC/Seguridad] Fwd: Pseudonymity

Fernando Gont fgont en si6networks.com
Lun Ago 22 20:44:04 BRT 2011


Source: http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2011/08/pseudonymity.html

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Subject: 	Pseudonymity
Date: 	Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:01:19 GMT
From: 	<schneier>

Long essay
on the value of pseudonymity. From the conclusions:

    Here lies the /huge/ irony in this discussion. Persistent pseudonyms
    aren't ways to /hide/ who you are. They provide a way to /be/ who
    you are. You can finally talk about what you /really/ believe; your
    real politics, your real problems, your real sexuality, your real
    family, your real self. Much of the support for "real names" comes
    from people who don't want to hear about controversy, but
    controversy is only a small part of the need for pseudonyms. For
    most of us, it's simply the desire to be able to talk openly about
    the things that matter to every one of us who uses the Internet. The
    desire to be judged -- not by our birth, not by our sex, and not by
    who we work for -- but by what we say.


    I leave you with this question. What if I had posted this under my
    pseudonym? Why should that have made a difference? I would have
    written the same words, but ironically, I could have added some more
    personal and perhaps persuasive arguments which I dare not make
    under this account. Because I was forced to post this under my real
    name, I had to weaken my arguments; I had to share less of myself.
    Have you ever met "Kee Hinckley"? Have you met me under my other
    name? Does it matter? There is nothing real on the Internet; all you
    know about me is my words. You can look me up on Google, and /still/
    all you will know is my words. One real person wrote this post. It
    could have been submitted under either name. But one of them is not
    allowed to. Does that really make sense?

    Behind every pseudonym is a /real/ person. Deny the pseudonym and
    you deny the person.

This is, of a course, a response to the Google+ names policy.

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