"Watching some of the industry news lately, I've reached an
inescapable conclusion: It's only a matter of time before someone
tries to ban online anonymity."
"...Given this environment, how long will it take before some
hopelessly deluded, but possibly well meaning, politician
"discovers" how easy it is for people to hide their identity from
all but the most determined of sleuths, and then decides to try to
outlaw such activity? And how well would it "play in Peoria", as
the saying goes here in the US, for said politician to promote this
as a way to protect kids and other would-be victims from
cyberstalkers? I'm convinced that anyone who thinks this wouldn't
be music to the ears of most middle class US citizens needs to
spend more time in the real world and less time with other geeks. I
can already hear the mainstreamers saying, "Why do you want to be
anonymous on the Internet? What are you hiding? Besides, if it
helps the cops catch the bad guys, and I lets me get news about
sales at my favorite stores, what's the problem?"
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