Hiding One 's Identity Is Nothing New

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Hiding one’s identity is nothing new. Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay authored The Federalist Papers in 1787 under the pseudonym Publius. The ability to communicate anonymously is viewed as part of our basic right to free speech . With the advent of computers and ease of access to the internet, becoming anonymous as never been easier, and is far more reaching than the colonial newspapers of 1787. For some this ease at which we can communicate anonymously is cause for concern. Although we are no longer hiding our identities to promote the ratification of the Constitution, being anonymous still plays a significant role in our society. Online anonymity grants anyone with an internet connection an unbiased voice, regardless of gender, race, or wealth. Without this freedom to online anonymity, many people would not feel free to express themselves or share sensitive information about themselves. In the case of whistleblowing, anonymity also promotes the release of information to help fight government corruption and oppression. Anonymity can also be used as a security measure and prevent unauthorized mining of personal information by not giving access to our real identities. While the ethics behind anonymity can be foggy, multiple ethical frameworks, including duty-based and just-consequentialism, can be used to add clarity to the topic. A duty-based framework stresses the role of duty and respect for persons, including one’s self. While a just-consequentialism…
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