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 Compulsory Chemical Castration: Is Non-Consensual Treatment Ever Permissible?
- Guest Post: Why Don’t We Do More to Help the Global Poor?
- Why ethicists should read Middlemarch and despise Simon Cowell
- Guest Post: JABBING, PLAYING, AND PAYING – HIGH SEASON ON ANTI-VAXXERS
- Vote Selling Versus Vote Swapping