Anonymity and Censorship

Posted on August 5, 2011 by

Anonymity is the quality or state of being unknown or unacknowledged (being “nameless”). Recently Facebook’s marketing director Randi Zuckerberg wants to put an end to online
anonymity citing reasons such as responsibility and justice. Her words raised the question regarding the role of privacy in today’s society.

Will the prohibition of anonymity lead towards censorship? Are her actions correct and moral? Perhaps because censorship itself may be a moral imperative. On the other hand I myself feel slightly uncomfortable with Internet censorship and tracking not because of its nature (obviously surveillance may be inevitable in some cases) but of its direction. Liberalism rules the political class and runs amok in culture. Many if not most whom desire censorship do so because they want to stiffle politically incorrect views (e.g. orthodox religion, traditional conservatism, race realism and nationalism)… indeed the literature and thoughts of the far-right.

I like the anonymity on the Internet. It strangely may even be the inherent nature of the Internet. On one hand I sympathize with those whom fight for anonymity in the Internet (some on this blog may be targets of such stiffling actions), on the other hand I lean towards censorship. Perhaps the Internet and social networking may be a double-edged sword both opening and closing doors simultaneously. In conclusion whatever path is taken I do know that the creation of parallel societies and separation isn’t as far-fetched as it is thought to be.

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