Austin, Henry. “Virtual girl dubbed ‘Sweetie’ snares thousands of would-be sex predators.” NBC News. 5 Nov. 2013. Online. 26 Nov 2013. <http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/05/21316335-virtual-girl-dubbed-sweetie-snares-thousands-of-would-be-sex-predators>.
I didn’t realize I was short one annotated bib until I actually counted again (I suck with numbers). Anyways, I saw this video on Facebook a couple weeks ago and thought to myself, “This would be a really strong case against anonymity.” The reason I say this is because all of the pedophiles mentioned in the video/article were able to “virtually” molest children from third world countries without ever being caught for YEARS. Dealing with anonymity is such a huge issue that the only way they could deal with the problem of online pedophiles was with a 3D model of a little girl. It’s an innovative way to handle the problem, but the fact that it was even necessary to deal with anonymous threats goes to show how much power is given to anonymous users on the internet. I honestly believe that something has to be done about it. The problem in the video deals solely with pedophiles, however there are so many other problems that anonymity creates that it is hard to justify keeping it in the first place. Some privacy should be allowed, however the amount currently given to internet users is far too great. I mean come on…a little girl named Sweetie caught more pedophiles than any of the government services. If anonymity is that hard to deal with, then more attention should be put on the subject.
Johnson, Deborah G. “Ethics Online.” Communications of the ACM. JAN 1997: 60-65. Web. 19 Sep. 2013. <http://delivery.acm.org/10.1145/250000/242875/p60-johnson.pdf?ip=22.214.171.124>.
This article brings several important aspects of online anonymity to the foreground. In an age of technology changing an updating in such a rapid pace, how do we keep up with laws and security online? We feel free to share information, thoughts, ideas, and even our own creations like formatting codes, but how can we protect what is “ours” when it can be so easily replicated online? Furthermore, how do we protect our own identity when it, like these smaller properties, can also easily be replicated online? Because people are able to post online under anonymous or pseudonyms, security is not guaranteed, and neither is good human ethics. Anyone can post something on the web and attribute it to another person’s name, whether they are aware of it or not. For this reason, establishing a sense of trust on the internet is extremely difficult, because you can never be sure the person you are communicating with is actually who you believe it to be, and likewise, the information you come across may not be as reliable as you would think. The speed and distance that information can travel online has pros and cons, but in the case of stolen information or things that should be kept private, it is definitely a curse.