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Are you who you say you are?

NAMESAKE INFOGRAPHIC NAMESAKE.COM THE RULES OF THE ONLINE ROAD TRANSPARENCYOANONYMITY Earlier this year, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was quoted as saying that he champions a single identity transparency-or an online presence that dissolves the walls between our private and public selves. Christopher "Moot" Poole, who leads the well-known image forum 4chan and its growing anonymous user base, positions himself on the opposite end of this debate. He fights instead for the right to maintain undisclosed identities in order to promote unfettered content sharing. Let's weigh the sides regarding this deeply polarizing issue. TEAM TRANSPARENCY TEAM ANONYMITY NOTABLE FIGUREHEAD NOTABLE FIGUREHEAD Mark Zuckerberg Christopher “Moot" Poole FOUNDER OF: facebook 4chan FOUNDER OF: TIME's "Person of the Year" (2010) TIME's "Most Influential Person of the Year" (2009) AMOUNT OF ACTIVE FACEBOOK USERS: AMOUNT OF ACTIVE 4CHAN USERS: 500 million 7million ZUCKERBERG, ON THE "FACEBOOK EFFECT" POOLE, ON WHY A SINGLE AND HAVING A SINGLE IDENTITY: IDENTITY WOULD BE NEGATIVE: "You have one identity... Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity." "The cost of failure is really high when you're contributing as yourself." During a recent SXSW keynote speech, the 4chan leader contended According to the creator of Facebook, by presenting more than one that when you contribute with an open identity, you have to be willing to accept failure and criticism in public. This ends up dissuading many version of your "complete" self, you are being inauthentic and cowardly in refusing to disclose your identity as the statement-maker. from speaking up or establishing controversial viewpoints. WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT HAVING A SINGLE IDENTITY? WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT ANONYMITY? "I think anonymity is authenticity; it allows you to share in a completely unvarnished, ALLOWS unfiltered, raw way and I think that's ENFORCES EXPRESSION OF OPINIONS WITHOUT something that's extremely valuable." ACCOUNTABILITY -CHRIS POOLE AND ENCOURAGES AUTHENTIC PREVENTS ASSOCIATES THE CONTENT CREATOR WITH THE CONTENT LEGITIMACY FUELS CREATIVITY BAD INTERNET REPERCUSSIONS PRACTICES (SLANDER, ETC.) CONTENT SHARING AND EXPERIMENTATION WHO BENEFITS? WHO BENEFITS? in THE NAME YOU CAN TRUST! 500 PEOPLE RECOMMEND ME! Content creators Advertisers Self-promoters Content creators Collaborative Whistleblowers who thinkers who want a need the protection of anonymity who want to take who want their credit for their content to be more shared experience important than themselves content THE CURRENT SITUATION Most Are Transparent ACCORDING TO A PEW RESEARCH SURVEY: 25% to 1/3 82% 60% 38% 35% Among adults who say Most adults who keep Say that profile can be seen by Say that their email address, Say they don't know if Say their home address, home phone this data is available online, an online profile say that profile is only number and employer it is currently public. they have a anyone who accessible information are available online. visible profile: clicks on it. to friends. ..And Don't Care PRIVACY AND TYPES OF ONLINE ADULT INTERNET USERS* 43% 21% 18% 17% Concerned and Careful Worried by the Wayside Unfazed and Inactive Confident Creatives Don't worry about their personal information and don't limit the amount Don't worry about their data being online, Are scared about their Are anxious about how of information that can be found out personal information being much information is about them online. online and proactively limit their information. available about them, and actively upload but don't limit their content, but try to limit online information. their personal information. * FIGURES DON'T ADD UP T0 100 DUE TO ROUNDING ERROR. facebook But 70% of Facebook users are “somewhat" to “very"concerned about privacy when using the site. SOURCES: KILPATRICK, DAVID. "THE FACEBOOK EFFECT." 2010. : VENTUREBEAT.COM : NAMESAKE.COM : SLATE.COM : GALLUP.COM : COMPUTERWORLD.COM Photos: Zuckerberg courtesy of Facebook; Poole by Jordan Hollender for MIT Technology Review

Are you who you say you are?

shared by kcatoto on Jan 29
In the online world there’s a continuum from hyper-transparency/real identity all the way to obfuscation/anonymity. The poles are represented by Facebook and 4Chan. We take a look at these opposing ...


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