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Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online


“Our team's biggest surprise was discovering that many Internet users have tried to conceal their identity or their communications from others,” noted Sara Kiesler, an author of the report and the Hillman Professor of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon. “It's not just a small coterie of hackers. Almost everyone has taken some action to avoid surveillance. And despite their knowing that anonymity is virtually impossible, most internet users think they should be able to avoid surveillance online—they think they should have a right to anonymity for certain things, like hiding posts from certain people or groups.”