If I Don't Know Who You Are, I Don't Care What You Say

Why do you care what an anonymous commenter says on the Internet? I don't, and one of my goals as a Government 2.0 advocate is to end the practice of any serious site condoning a culture of anonymity.

If Web 2.0 is to flourish into a lasting culture, it must lead to true transparency and reject the valueless commentary of people who think they should be listened to just because they know how to shout. It must become about integrity.

I'm not joking here. The Founding Fathers knew when they signed the Declaration of Independence, they were signing their own death warrant. Anonymity is not a protection (just ask the reckless kid who hacked Palin's e-mail). It is a crutch, and one we must knock away if we are to run.

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  • published this page in Blog 2009-01-12 23:25:51 -0500

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