Privacy, Trust, and Social Change

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I often get trapped in overly technical discussions about the difference between being anonymous and being pseudonymous. Here's a quick walk through of the value of both in social change.

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Privacy, Trust, and Social Change

  1. 1. Privacy and Trust<br />
  2. 2. Let’s say you have something controversial to say.<br />
  3. 3. I think Joe is a poopypants.<br />
  4. 4. Maybe a bit more… impactful.<br />
  5. 5. I think Joe our country’s leader is a poopypants.<br />
  6. 6. Let’s keep trying<br />
  7. 7. I think the narrator here is a poopypants.<br />
  8. 8. Let’s also keep it civil?<br />
  9. 9. I think our country’s leader dictator is a poopypants.<br />
  10. 10. And how about we make it more positive-action oriented.<br />
  11. 11. We should toss our poopypantsy dictator out and start a democratic government!<br />
  12. 12. That’s exciting.Let’s post it on the Internet!<br />
  13. 13. We should toss our poopypantsy dictator out and start a democratic government!<br />
  14. 14. This will likely get you in trouble.<br />
  15. 15. We should toss our poopypantsy dictator out and start a democratic government!<br />Ahem.<br />
  16. 16. You could only tell trusted friends (but that might not go very far)<br />
  17. 17. PSSSSsssst… <br />We should toss our dictator out and start a democratic government!<br />
  18. 18. You could tell a few friends… on the Internet! (This either doesn’t go far, or gets you in trouble)<br />
  19. 19. We should toss our poopypantsy dictator out and start a democratic government!<br />(yawn)<br />?<br />
  20. 20. You could post anonymously to the Internet<br />(but who will trust you?)<br />
  21. 21. We should toss our dictator out and start a democratic government!<br />???<br />Who is this guy?<br />
  22. 22. …We’re not really getting anywhere here.<br />
  23. 23. And this poopypants is still ruining my country.<br />Someone should say something…<br />
  24. 24. What about using a “pen name” or pseudonym?<br />
  25. 25. I could build a network around an online personality… one that would be hard to connect to my real life!<br />
  26. 26. …and then?<br />
  27. 27. Clarify that my country’s leader is a poopypants!<br />
  28. 28. …<br />
  29. 29. …And spark social change to improve our country, build civil society and democratic processes. All that stuff.<br />
  30. 30. Sounds good.<br />

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