The biggest political question this year might not be national debts or the Arab Spring, but what form identity will take on the Internet in the future. As the Google+ service began demanding that people sign in with their legal names and suspending accounts believed to be in conflict with this policy, the “nym wars” broke out. Google is not alone in wanting to keep online identities strongly tied to legal identities: the National Geographic Society demands that comments on ScienceBlogs may no longer be pseudonymous, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has stated:
But can we live a human life with just one identity?
- The Ethics of Giving: How Demanding?
- The discussion that the scientists in Nature and Science called for should remain in realism, not go on to superhumans
- Success, Self-esteem, and Human Enhancement
- Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics: Can the Concept of Species Specific Animal Dignity Refute the Argument From Marginal Cases? by Henry Phipps
- Mind wars: do we want the enhanced military?
- Female genital mutilation (FGM) and male circumcision: should there be a separate ethical discourse?
- Don’t Give Money to Beggars
- Motte and Bailey Doctrines
- The Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics: How Should Vegans Live, by Xavier Cohen.
- On holding ethicists to higher moral standards and the value of moral inconsistency