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Google vs. Anonymous

Within search results, information tied to verified online profiles will be ranked higher than content without such verification, which will result in most users naturally clicking on the top (verified) results. The true cost of remaining anonymous, then, might be … Continue reading
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Cringely argues that maybe Americans don’t deserve privacy

I agree: People do not deserve to be isolated. Instead, I believe people deserve to be cared for. I can find where convicted sex offenders live in my neighborhood, but I can’t find my local Adam Lanza. And maybe that’s … Continue reading
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Pollution wants to be free

You know that free stuff? Yea? Right: It’s garbage. Data don’t want to be free — they are freely available. When the sun first shone on the Earth, nobody had to pay for that. Data streams exist (whether you like … Continue reading
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Why do most people want to be unknown?

This is something I find puzzling: I would think that only very few people need to hide their identity or prefer to remain anonymous — but I find that in fact the vast majority of people do not want to … Continue reading
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Do Anonymous Profiles on Social Websites Lead to or at Least Foster Anti-Social Behavior?

I view this as a rhetorical question. For me, the answer is — beyond the shadow of a doubt: yes. I wonder why I seem to be alone in this estimation. The vast majority of users of social websites seem … Continue reading
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When everyone suddenly starts talking about some group or community that pops up out of nowhere, I suspect some fishy business going on

There are some groups or communities that can easily be traced to particular propaganda campaigns — such as, for example, the Occupy Movement. I do not object to such above-the-board publicity campaigning, but when some group or community pops up … Continue reading
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What makes you think that someone posting on a “social media website” (like Twitter or Facebook) is a real person?

When I or one of my friends posts on one of their websites, they usually registered the domain name, and therefore they are known persons. Yet earlier today I posted a question about when Paul Krugman posts in the New … Continue reading
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The Difference between FREE and AUTHENTIC

When people maintain that they are practicing free speech, then that is not always the same thing as “speaking your own mind”. This is especially so online, but let me clarify this with an analogy from the paper era: The … Continue reading
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I’ve got a billion friends :)

… and if you’re reading this, then you can consider yourself one of them. Eat your heart out, Bob Dylan: Now I got a friend who spends his life Stabbing my picture with a bowie knife Dreams of strangling me … Continue reading
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Imitation is Suicide

There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is … Continue reading
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