anonymity

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  • What is the indieweb take on anonymity?
  • By buying a domain you have to give out real/correct/accurate information and therefore you cannot be anonymous.


Silos

  • Telegra.ph is an anonymous publishing tool from the creators of the Telegram app that lets you create rich posts with markdown, photos, and "all sorts of embedded stuff." (1) (2)
  • FML is an anonymous social network for people to complain about everyday problems. The website was turned in to a book series as well.
  • AfterSchool App After School is a private space for where students publish anonymously to a school group where they can find stuff friends, stories, notes of encouragement, who is into whom.
  • psst! An anonymous social network and texting app with no history and no trace.
  • Secret was an anonymous publishing app that shut down after patterns of abuse.
  • 4chan is an anonymous photosharing site known for abusive communities
  • YikYak was an anonymous app popular among teenagers in US that shut down after patterns of bullying and abuse
  • whisper is a private social media app

Levels of Anonymity

  • Anonymous - i.e. there's no way you're going to find out who I am
  • Pseudo-anonymous - i.e. you don't know who I am unless you do a bit of digging and cross-referencing
  • Obfuscated - i.e. it's public but you'd have to guess the URL to get in there
  • Public - i.e. you can see everything, including who I am

Doug Belshaw, private correspondence, weareopencoop.slack.com

Benefits

  • Anominity online protects vulnerable populations. The real name policy on Facebook, for example, has caused harm in the trans community.
  • teenagers like to try on multiple online identities
  • Anonymous venting can provide a cathartic release

Criticism

  • Anonymous platforms lead to increased bullying and harassment [1]. Many apps like YikYak and Secret shut down after creating toxic communities
  • Some have suggested harassment leads to teen suicide following cases such as [2] and [3]

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