Nymwars - Notes on privacy and anonymity

Nymwars - Notes on privacy and anonymity

Talk for SuperMondays http://www.supermondays.org/ on 14/11/2011 about privacy, names, pseudonyms &c.



March 20, 2012


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    hello my name is ‚ A BRIEF CHAT (IN GREY

    AND NEON) BY @skipchris ABOUT NAMES, PSEUDONYMS &C Tuesday, 20 March 2012
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    WOMEN! Opinions taken less seriously. Mothers or intending mothers may

    face hiring, pay and promotion discrimination. 25 times more harassment online experienced by people with “feminine-sounding” usernames. http://www.physorg.com/news66401288.html Lots more at: http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Geek_Feminism_Wiki Tuesday, 20 March 2012
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    LGBT! 50% of LGBT teens experience bullying online. Some countries

    criminalise homosexuality, and a few have the death penalty. Many regions permit businesses to discriminate (i.e. hiring, providing services) against LGBT people. http://www.livescience.com/6199-cyberbullying-rampant-lesbian-gay-teens.html http://www.parentdish.com/2010/03/10/half-of-nonheterosexual-youth-say-theyre-bullied- online/ Tuesday, 20 March 2012
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    “People’s names change, but only at a certain enumerated set

    of events” “People’s names are case insensitive” “I can safely assume that this dictionary of bad words contains no people’s names in it.” “People have names” http://www.kalzumeus.com/2010/06/17/falsehoods-programmers-believe-about-names/ Tuesday, 20 March 2012
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    If you are not paying for it, you're not the

    customer; you're the product being sold. http://www.metafilter.com/95152/Userdriven-discontent (blue_beetle) Tuesday, 20 March 2012
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    “Bad actors in the system will be much more reluctant

    to engage in bad behavio[u]r because their real names are attached to their actions” Khoi Vinh, Mixel/Subtraction.com http://mixel.cc/about/facebook-login MISGUIDED! Tuesday, 20 March 2012
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    ““Real names” policies aren’t empowering; they’re an authoritarian assertion of

    power over vulnerable people” http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/archives/2011/08/04/real-names.html Tuesday, 20 March 2012