The past few years have seen ramped-up rhetoric questioning the value of online anonymity and the use of pseudonyms, rhetoric that is often couched in statements like:
"The use of real names online could help curb bullying and harassment on the web…I think anonymity on the Internet has to go away." —Randi Zuckerberg, then Facebook’s Marketing Director
"People who are able to post anonymously (or pseudonymously) are far more likely to say awful things, sometimes with awful consequences, such as the suicides of cyberbullied young people..." – Chris Wolf, Internet privacy lawyer and head of the Internet Task Force of the Anti-Defamation League.
"…I want to believe that we will finally admit – to ourselves and to the public at large – that allowing people to hide behind anonymity has not been good for [the newspaper] industry, our culture, or our country." – Pulitzer Prize winner and former Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Connie Schultz
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