Thursday, July 28, 2011

Noted in passing

So it develops that on Tuesday, Randi Zuckerberg, the marketing director for Facebook, told a panel discussion on social media that "anonymity on the Internet has to go away." Your real name should be attached to anything you say or do on the web.

Last August, then-CEO of Google Eric Schmidt said much the same thing. Their reasons were different: Zuckerberg claimed it would end cyberbullying while Schmidt fretted and fumed about a "world of asynchronous threats" where it's "dangerous" for governments to be unable to identify you.

Be that as it may, I find it let's say notable that these calls have come from high executives of corporations which have a clear financial interest in gathering increasing amounts of personally-identifying information about their users.

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