Comment on The End of Anonymity

Olena Mon, Aug 16, 2010
Thanks for the feedback.
Didn't watch the video yet but I'll look into that.

Nagash —
You're probably right about premature panic. I'm not a developer, so it's good to get someone's perspective who knows what they're talking about.

I'm not terribly worried about something so casual as a diary, but my automatic reaction was more of a feeling of freedom slowly being infringed upon until we can't do much to regain it.
Those services are voluntary now, but from this latest news, it seemed as though that kind of tracking might become mandatory...
For me, facelessness or invisibility holds an incredible amount of that freedom, but that doesn't mean it would be used for evil purposes.

Perhaps you know better than I what the actual, possible consequences may be,
but I'm not interested in a lifestyle where the option of dropping the connection is no longer available. It's like being collared and leashed.

Here's an example of what I mean: "Anonymous Mexican blogger beats Mexico drug war news blackout"
Article hosted by Google, no less.

But my question is, if anti-anonymity laws come into effect, people like this will be traced, won't they? Not that they can't be now, but, how will we define criminal action? It seems that the people with information at their fingertips (if we get into tiered internet, it will obviously be those with the money to access prioritized information) would be holding too much power, like a new kind of Feudalism.