Yesterday evening, after washing piles of dishes, I sat down and read an interesting article on Forbes, titled “Hidden behind the net – anonymity lets creeps, criminals and malicious mobs run wild.”
My interest in Internet privacy dated back my graduate school years, when I co-authored a few popular papers on this topic. Prior to 2001, privacy was a much hotter topic; Terrorists attacks changed the dynamics.
I believe anonymity is good. It allows everyone to voice his or her opinion without fear of criticism or prosecution in a large part of the world.
The larger issue or today’s Internet is not lack of accountability; it is the lack of privacy, and the search engines are part of the reasons. But can we blame big-G for that? No. For the same reason we can not blame the auto industry for causing 40,000 highway death every year.