In cyberspace no one knows you’re a dog, but no one knows you’re from the FBI either. Thus our government, the US government and many others are caught in two minds. On the one hand, they are supposed to be in favour of free speech, but on the other hand, well, you know Danish cartoonists, criminals, child pornographers, terrorists, enemies of the state, dissidents, apostates etc. So should we allow anonymity or not?
Our sense of internet anonymity is largely an illusion. Everything we do online is recorded somewhere: every web site we visit, every e-mail we send, every file we download. I’m surprised that politicians, in particular, who keep going on about how terrible internet anonymity is, don’t understand a little more about the dynamics of the problem. If they did, they would