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In a Switch, Google Plus Now Allows Pseudonyms - NYT

Changing course, Google Plus will allow people to use pseudonyms, but it will require some users to prove that they use the name elsewhere in government documents, online or in published material.
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Real Names Don't Make for Better Commenters, but Pseudonyms Do

Real Names Don't Make for Better Commenters, but Pseudonyms Do | Nymwars | Scoop.it
New data from the commenting platform, Disqus, finds people who don't use their real names generate more positive feedback from their peers.
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Real-Name Online Registration to Be Scrapped

The Korea Communications Commission on Thursday said it will end online registration requiring resident registration numbers and other personal information as it is vulnerable to increasing cyber hacking.

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My name is Eve… sometimes

My name is Eve… sometimes | Nymwars | Scoop.it

My name is Eve. I believe in the right to privacy and in voluntary information disclosure, and that’s not a contradiction.

 

My name is Eve… sometimes. When I was young, my parents made clear to me that I had to use a fake name online so that I would be protected from predators. I chose the name Gabrielle, and it’s still one of my favorites. My online persona grew up with me, and eventually I took the name Eve, which is the name I most often use today.

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2011 in Review: Nymwars | Electronic Frontier Foundation

2011 in Review: Nymwars | Electronic Frontier Foundation | Nymwars | Scoop.it

This year, Google launched its social networking site, Google Plus. Many Facebook users concerned about the site’s history of privacy violations and Facebook's “real name policy,” which makes it a violation of Facebook’s terms of service to go by a name other than the one on their government-issued ID, were especially excited about the possibility of an alternative social network.

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Double You Double You Double You

Double You Double You Double You | Nymwars | Scoop.it

...Riding the infinite wave of expanding identities, by Richard Nicholls, Future Foundation.

 

The ability to assume multiple personalities online or to remain anonymous is transforming the very principle of the self.

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NetPolitik: Holiday Carols for Netizens & OWS

O Google+ O Google+

How tricky are thy branches
You promised us some neato stuff
To get us in your clutches

You signed me up, and led me in
then killed my posts when I used a nym

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Full version of a conversation with Google's #Nymwars Enforcement Team

+Natalie Villalobos, +Frances Haugen, +Bradley Horowitz, +Vic Gundotra: is this really your idea of fostering a good community and providing customer service? Please remember that below, Brian is speaking officially on behalf of Google.

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Interior Ministry suggests controversial ban on internet anonymity — RT

Interior Ministry suggests controversial ban on internet anonymity — RT | Nymwars | Scoop.it
A high-ranking official from Russia’s Interior Ministry has warned of the dangers posed by social networks and has suggested a bar on Internet anonymity.
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Who You Callin’ Ahmed?: Notes on the Nym Wars

Who You Callin’ Ahmed?: Notes on the Nym Wars | Nymwars | Scoop.it
How do you label yourself in social media? Ten years into the revolution now you’d think the conventions for this basic question would have been established, but no.
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USA TODAY switches to Facebook commenting

(Another blow against pseudonyimity)

 

Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 29, we will replace our current system with commenting from Facebook. Once the change takes effect, you will need an active Facebook account to submit comments on the site, but it will be your choice to post the comments to your wall. If you don't want your comments to show up on Facebook simply uncheck the box when you add your comment.

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In defense of the anonymous comment | Spartanburg Spark

In defense of the anonymous comment | Spartanburg Spark | Nymwars | Scoop.it

Spartanburg Spark editorial on #nymwars calls FB model "lazy" and scornful of democratization of media.

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First SOPA, Then Identity: What We Can Learn from Chinese Censorship

First SOPA, Then Identity: What We Can Learn from Chinese Censorship | Nymwars | Scoop.it
With the U.S.government trying to pass what Google's Sergey Brin has called "China-like censorship," China has found a new way to tamp down free expression on the Internet: make people use their real names. ...
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Pseudonyms Drive Communities

Pseudonyms Drive Communities | Nymwars | Scoop.it
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Recent Stories About the Collection and Use of Personal Data on Individuals

I’ve written before about how social-networking data — from sites such as MySpace and Facebook — have been used to gather evidence in trials against jurors and defendants, in divorce cases, against employees (which can lead to lawsuits from affected individuals), applicants to colleges and graduate schools, politicians and high school students. We’ve seen it affect applicants to jobs in the United States and abroad.

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The Platoon Advantage: On Pseudonymity...

The Platoon Advantage: On Pseudonymity... | Nymwars | Scoop.it

For a moment, I think it's important to talk like a normal person. Every so often, I get an objection in the comments or on Twitter about my use of a pseudonym, especially when I use this forum to criticize others who are not similarly pseudonymous.

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Why we shouldn't let Google (or anyone else) claim their private services are public spaces - Boing Boing

Why we shouldn't let Google (or anyone else) claim their private services are public spaces - Boing Boing | Nymwars | Scoop.it

At Google+, Tom Anderson argues that Google's "don't be offensive" policy is good precisely because Google+ is a public space.

 

On the contrary, it's the insistence that Plus is a public space that makes such policies troublesome, rather than mere quality control.

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China Ramps Up Online Censorship Efforts As US Congress Gives Them Perfect Cover | Techdirt

As the US seeks to set up its own "Great Firewall" by copying Chinese censorship techniques in the twin bills SOPA and PROTECT IP (PIPA), it appears that China is doing exactly as you would expect when you give a government the tools to...
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2011: Nymwars Year Zero | ZDNet

2011: Nymwars Year Zero | ZDNet | Nymwars | Scoop.it

In 2011 Google launched social network Google Plus with its “real names” policy and ignited the Nymwars - and the Nymwars are far from over...

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Beijing orders microblog controls

Beijing orders microblog controls | Nymwars | Scoop.it
Authorities in Beijing issue new rules requiring users of popular microblog sites to register their personal details. (Real name policy added for Sina Weibo: a death knell?
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South Korea discovers downside of high speed internet and real-name postings

South Korea discovers downside of high speed internet and real-name postings | Nymwars | Scoop.it
Botnets, hacking and the exposure of personal details are price of having superfast internet...
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Todd Vierling - Google+ - Last July, we asked the Google+ community for ideas on how…

Todd Vierling - Google+ - Last July, we asked the Google+ community for ideas on how… | Nymwars | Scoop.it

Uh, I see #nymwars implications in this. It looks like Gmail will reveal someone's Google+ profile based on the sender's e-mail address, which may use a different name than the one on the sender's e-mail account:

 

Last July, we asked the Google+ community for ideas on how we could make Gmail better with Google+ . . .

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Guest post: How Google+’s Integration Of Blogger Attempts To Legitimize The Web | SocialWayne.com by Wayne Sutton

A few months ago, internet users suddenly found a big black bar across their browser windows whenever they accessed Google’s services. Standing out in stark contrast to the gargantuan corporation’s usual light colored palette, this bar became “Google Control Central.” This was the first step in a comprehensive effort to harmonize all of Google’s far-flung serviceswhich range from search and translation to email and social networking.

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New comment system requires real names of users

It's the end of the anonymous era....

 

Hometownlife.com, the website for the Observer & Eccentric and Hometown Weekly Newspapers, now requires posters to sign on by using their real names. Company officials believe the move will result in a “higher-quality discussion” on story chats.

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