Web anonymity battle starts anew


By Jennifer Martinez – Vint Cerf, Google’s chief Internet evangelist, is expected to make the case for keeping people’s identity anonymous — particularly on certain Web services — when he delivers the keynote address at the RSA cybersecurity conference here on Wednesday (Feb 27).

The debate arrived on the international stage last December at a United Nations conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where some countries floated proposals to ban Internet anonymity for a global telecommunications treaty.

“The ability to speak anonymously [online] is critical to the ability to speak freely, to speak on the matters of public policy,” said Harold Feld, senior vice president of consumer interest group Public Knowledge and a former member of the U.S. delegation during the U.N. conference. more> http://tinyurl.com/b7qa7o6

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