Hailin's Weblog

December 19, 2007


Filed under: social — Tags: , — Hailin @ 8:52 pm

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.

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