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Research and Design of the Internet Real-Name Authentication System Based on Public Key Infrastructure Archive - IT Research Paper

With the development of information technology, the Internet has changed people’s traditional way of life. Undeniably, the Internet has created a vast virtual world where leaving a message, free press, and trading hide the real identity appearing to have unprecedented freedom. Application of the Internet has reflected its great convenience. At the same time, it also exposes some shortcomings such as information exposure, false information, fraud and other bad action, which not only disturb the order of social and life, but also become a major obstacle to the development of internet.The internet real-name system provides a kind of user’s real identity authentication mechanism.

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You are Facebook's product: that's why you don't pay to use it – Telegraph Blogs

You are Facebook's product: that's why you don't pay to use it – Telegraph Blogs | Nymwars | Scoop.it
We've all seen them, lurking in the corners of billboards and posters – tell-tale icons for finding brands or movies or bands on social networks.
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Jillian C. York - Google+

Jillian C. York - Google+ | Nymwars | Scoop.it
Ours wasn't published, but here is the response +Eva Galperin and I crafted to Christopher Wolf's NYTimes letter (first letter in linked article): …...

 

"Opponents of online anonymity often repeat the platitude that “real name” identification promotes civility. While that may be true, it is often at the expense of free expression. Not only does anonymity enable dissidents in oppressive regimes, but it also helps the small-town kid experimenting with his sexuality or the abuse survivor starting a new life."

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Social revolution

Social revolution | Nymwars | Scoop.it
There are more online accounts than people today and this is spawning a new culture in the cyberworld as the lines between people’s real and virtual lives get blurred...
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Debating Privacy in a Networked World for the WSJ

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal posted excerpts from a debate between me, Stewart Baker, Jeff Jarvis, and Chris Soghoian on privacy. In preparation for the piece, they had us respond to a series of questions. Jeff posted the full text of his responses here. Now it’s my turn. Here are the questions that I was asked and my responses.

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A right to an online identity? by Paul Bernal on Prezi

Presentation for the Human Rights in the Digital Era conference, Leeds, September 2011...
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The debate over online identity rages on

One of the first things I do upon waking up in the morning is roll over, my eyes squinting with lethargy in the semi darkness, and check my Facebook. About an hour later, as I brush my teeth or apply my makeup, I check it again. Throughout the day, whether in class or eating lunch I am always ready to check up on the lives of the few hundred people who make up my list of friends. Facebook, and its odd mix of voyeurism and real human connection, has attracted millions upon millions of people to join. It and the newly popular Google+ have a strict policy of only allowing members to join if they are willing to share their real name.

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DeNovo Broome's comment, November 19, 2011 3:03 PM
Interesting. The article requires a facebook login to comment. All the comments are exactly the sort of breathless "what if anonymous dingos were to plot to steal my babies" variety. How would they manage to hold the dingos accountable?

Needless to say, people unwilling to honestly abide with Facebook Terms of Service are unable to comment. I will not use my "real name" on Facebook. I'm "Nym only." But of course, that prevents me from commenting - unless I choose to act in a slightly dishonest way.

So comments on this topic will be biased towards those who agree with the article - or those who are advantaged by a lot of people accepting the article's premise as being true.

So the only thing you can be sure of is that the people who do get by the filter are people who are determined to do so and who are willing to maintain a persona that's acceptable to the majority culture. I would argue that tends to make the community riskier, by creating a false sense of security. Call it "Personal Identity Theatre."

Covert motives are possible in any environment. For example, if I create a login on Facebook, it's only moderately difficult to create a plausible identity that is not at all genuine, even if it's my wallet name. Goodness, it would not be technically difficult to create an identity that was as false as any spy's. That is what identity theft is all about.

As for something like linkdin - I dislike the place simply because everyone there is fake. That is to say, they all have their Sunday suits on and are using their best company manners.
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The Nymwars and what they mean: summary of my posts to date. – Identity Woman

The Nymwars and what they mean: summary of my posts to date. – Identity Woman | Nymwars | Scoop.it
For those of you coming from the Mercury News story on the NymWars exploding... I STILL have my Google+ profile suspended for using a  [  .  ] as my last name.
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Social Network Identity: Anonymity, Pseudonymity and Accountability -Media140 | @SilkCharm | Laurel Papworth

Social Network Identity: Anonymity, Pseudonymity and Accountability -Media140 | @SilkCharm | Laurel Papworth | Nymwars | Scoop.it

Facebook says that we have to use our real name, not anonymous to keep ourselves accountable. What a crock…

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How Salman Rushdie Used Twitter to Defeat Facebook

How Salman Rushdie Used Twitter to Defeat Facebook | Nymwars | Scoop.it

In the annals of Facebook, this will hardly be remembered as the social network’s finest hour.

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'Nymwars' debate over online identity explodes - San Jose Mercury News

Who has the right to decide how you';re known on the Internet -- you, or Facebook? That simmering question, which erupted with the launch of the new Google+ social network this summer, rolled into a boil this week with two high profile developments.
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Why Mark Twain would be booted from Facebook

Why Mark Twain would be booted from Facebook | Nymwars | Scoop.it
A Google doodle gave Mark Twain a warm birthday salute on Wednesday. But Facebook would have given Mark Twain a hard time. It's company policy, Mr. Clemens.
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Do Courts Back Google and Facebook’s View of Anonymity?

Do Courts Back Google and Facebook’s View of Anonymity? | Nymwars | Scoop.it

Internet users who want to remain anonymous online have been pushing back against media companies’ efforts to strip them of their pseudonyms. The issue has fanned a debate over whether people are entitled to have hidden identities or only a single real one. Meanwhile, courts have been ruling on the question in another context—and advocates for anonymous speech may not like what they’re saying.

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Meet My Friend, Nypizzapasta: Could Online ID Requirements Spread from Facebook to Local Comments Sections?

Meet My Friend, Nypizzapasta: Could Online ID Requirements Spread from Facebook to Local Comments Sections? | Nymwars | Scoop.it
Companies like Facebook are vowing to crack down on their “real names only” policies. Will this have a "chilling effect" on Internet speech?
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Invitation to a Dialogue: Nameless on the Web? | Privacy News - PogoWasRight.org

Can you legitimately call yourself a privacy advocate or privacy lawyer if you advocate reducing others' privacy?
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Privacy, identity, and the Nym of the Rose

Privacy, identity, and the Nym of the Rose | Nymwars | Scoop.it

No, not the witch in Disney's version of The Sword in the Stone, that's Madam Mim... Nor am I referring to Nym, the corporal in Henry V. A terse definition of nym is the one Wikipedia uses: A pseudonym, especially in the context of internet pseudonyms. But behind that deceptively simple definition is an ongoing dichotomy that has characterized the internet from its earliest days.

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Should People Be Allowed to Obscure Their Identities Online?

What are the most compelling arguments for or against real-name policies?
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Salman Rushdie and Facebook’s pseudonym policy.

Salman Rushdie and Facebook’s pseudonym policy. | Nymwars | Scoop.it

Our Internet is a paradise for consumers but a hell for citizens.

 

This article arises from Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, the New America Foundation, and Slate. Future Tense explores the ways emerging technologies affect society, policy, and culture.

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Defamation Claims Not Enough to ID Blogger

An anonymous blogger's identity will remain secret for now, a federal judge ruled, finding that the blogger's First Amendment rights outweigh discovery needs in a defamation case.

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Facebook Tells Salman Rushdie He Has to Go By His Given Name, Ahmed Rushdie - Technology - The Atlantic

This is the sort of thing that makes you wonder what real names policy is all about. Today on Twitter, Salman Rushdie detailed his adventures with Facebook's name police.

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Rushdie Wins Facebook Fight Over Identity

Rushdie Wins Facebook Fight Over Identity | Nymwars | Scoop.it
Salman Rushdie’s fight over which name he is allowed to use on Facebook points to an increasingly vital debate over how people represent themselves on the Web.
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