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Making the Case for More Obscurity and Less Anonymity

ONLINE PRIVACY

August 5, 2013

Speaking at Navigate in June, Prof. Woodrow Hartzog explored the value of and made the case for using online obscurity to help protect a user’s personal privacy. By obscuring our online profiles—by varying degrees depending on intent and context—Hartzog said we can help protect some of our online privacy. But what about those who hide behind masks of online anonymity to spout nefarious words of hate speech? This Privacy Perspectives installment explores the tension between the need for online obscurity and the need to unmask those who prowl the Internet with damaging intent.
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