Anonymity Is A Necessary Evil Of The Internet Essay

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Anonymity as a Necessary Evil The Internet is filled with people that cannot be normally identified. They are essentially disembodied voices that speak when not spoken to and provide opinion even when they do not have a valid one to present, Anonymity is a necessary evil as it allows people to freely express opinion without retaliation, allows people to share information, and for the preservation of personal freedom. The United States guarantees a right to the freedom of speech. This means that anyone in the United States can say whatever they want without fear of government retaliation or censorship. Other nations, like China, do not guarantee this right to their citizens. Though China has gone through lengths to deny their citizens of …show more content…
The Internet opens up an avenue for these people through anonymous forums. Consider passengers on the subway. One wishes to get something off of their chest and they may use other passengers to do so. This is because they are essentially random people that may never meet again in their lifetime, so it is safe to share secrets with one another. This is what happens on the Internet if two people meet on a forum on which they can share secrets and personal stories. If one responds negatively to information, the other may just sign off and forget about it. Otherwise, a new relationship may be kindled between these two users (Schnorr). This helps those that may be timid to open up and find connections that may be of value to them (Palme). Many justice systems open up anonymous hotlines that allow citizens to call in with information that may be important to a case. Obviously, it is in the best interest of the system to protect the identities of “tippers” for their own safety and for more information that they may reveal (Rigby). John A. Bargh, a social psychology professor at Yale University is a major proponent of internet anonymity (Schnorr). He believes that anonymity allows users to find their “true self.” The user can often share negative, and sometimes taboo, aspects of themselves without too much fear of rejection (Schnorr). Tor is an open network that …show more content…
Anonymity is a very important aspect of that freedom. China made efforts to take away anonymity on the Internet from its citizens by requiring a real name registration (Zhixu). This was done so the Chinese government could better control what their citizens do and say. The United States also made efforts to make their citizens identity on the Internet traceable. This was the Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011, named as such to make it politically difficult to oppose. This required Internet service providers to retain a record of their clients’ online data and activity (McElroy). Legislature such as these strip citizens of a personal freedom of expression. Through anonymity, people are better able to express their creativity. Websites like DeviantArt and allow users to post images of their drawings and creations. There are also blogs created by people to document their opinion on certain subjects and events. If anonymity is taken from these people users of DeviantArt can no longer express their creativity by drawing whatever they want as it may offend someone to the point of retaliation. Bloggers could not post about controversial topics and offer their own opinions. If they were to express their opinion, without anonymity, they may be at risk of retribution by opponents to their opinion or punishment from

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