Anonymity - A Binary Switch?
- Norlin’s Maxim: Your personal data is shifting from private to public.
- What becomes public stays public.
- If the default for digital identities is anonymity, it will give the user more control.
- The default in most systems is not anonymity.
- Anonymity and strong identity should be orthorgonal issues, and can be technically.
- Anonymity is not typically supported in most systems, so the stronger your identity, the less anonymous it is.
Binary Switch? Eric Norlin critics Dave Weinberger in that Eric believes that there is a spectrum of choices from anonymous, through a range of pseudonymity, to unanonymous identities. Eric asserts that "... online identity is *not* a binary issue." I wonder. If you believe in "Norlin’s Maxim", then so long as there is some small piece of information that links a pseudonym to the user, sooner or later, a pseudonym identity becomes an unanonymous identity. I believe that anonymity is a binary decision. If your digital identity is not fully anonymous, then it is (or soon will be) unanonymous.
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