The sheer number of people on Facebook with their real names, photos, locations and workplaces on their profile who are happy to throw abuse at other people kinda disproves the argument that it’s online anonymity that causes abusive behaviour

@kirstyyarr The problem was never anonymity or pseudonymity, it is impunity and immunity.

Ex-Googler Yonatan Zunger, chief architect of Google+, has an excellent observation on this, and of the harms of forced identity revelation.

@kirstyyarr In practice, the forced revelation of information makes individual privilege and power more important. When everyone has to play with their cards on the table, so to speak, then people who feel like they can be themselves without consequence do so freely -- these generally being people with support groups of like-minded people, and who are neither economically nor physically vulnerable....



@dredmorbius @kirstyyarr Except transparency and accountability were exactly what gamergate was calling for. This is really a bizarre article

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