Anonymity On The Internet

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Anonymity on The Internet With the internet’s popularity rapidly growing, anonymous communication between people has become easier than ever. Anonymous communication can include setting up fake social media pages, creating webpages, or even just chatting on online chat sites. Although anonymity may not be a new thing, the internet’s popularity has increased the ease at which someone can become anonymous. In recent discussions of anonymity on the internet, a controversial issue has been whether or not anonymity is dangerous to society. On one hand, individuals like Jaron Lanier disagree with the idea of anonymity. Jaron Lanier, author of You Are Not a Gadget, believes that anonymity only brings out the worst in people. Because anonymity allows users to exist without proving their identity, it makes it near impossible to tell a troll from a real person allowing users to get away with saying and doing just about anything. This has resulted in an increase in leaked personal information, cyber bullying, security problems, online transactions problems, and the list continues. On the other hand, individuals argue that anonymity allows, and often encourages, people express their thoughts and ideas (freedom of speech) due to the privacy provided by the internet. Individuals are more likely to voice their opinion (in a non-negative way), seek advice, or even look up personal information if they are not judged like they would be in person all because there is no name behind what they
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