Anyone who has trawled through an internet forum will have seen how anonymity can change people. What happens when young people are thrown into the mix?
Calls to reveal the true identities of social media users won’t make the internet safer without deeper reform of online platforms.
In the wake of the tragic death of Sir David Amess, some politicians are calling for a law banning anonymous social media profiles. But it’s not the right way to tackle online abuse.
While some online services such as banking do warrant using your true information, many sites shouldn’t require the same level of disclosure. Here’s how to protect yourself in such cases.
Lifelong anonymity orders are a rare and exceptional interference with freedom of expression.
Warning about anonymous messaging app YOLO miss the potential benefits it could have.
It might sound scary, but the ‘dark web’ is not much different from the rest of the internet.
Begun as part of efforts to preserve online anonymity and privacy, Freenet, Tor and the Invisible Internet Project are, like the rest of the web, home to both crime and free expression.
Can criminals use cryptocurrency to hide their identities and activities?
As cryptocurrency systems improve, they will better protect criminals’ identities and even allow people to offer anonymous rewards for crimes they want committed.
It originated as a Reddit post. The president tweeted it. Then all hell broke loose.
The national story of an anonymous Reddit user’s post – and the threat to unmask him – raises important questions about the role of online communication in our society.
Bitcoin’s central appeal of anonymous, irreversible transactions could become its biggest weakness.
Tor’s improvements can help users stay private and anonymous online.
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The Tor Project is upgrading its protections for internet users’ privacy and anonymity. A scholar and volunteer member of the nonprofit effort explains what’s changing and why.
The darknet, like the open internet, is not immune from illegal activity. But many darknet users are there in search of ‘hacker ethics’ values such as privacy and free speech.
Whom do we become in online comments?
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The ability to say offensive things online on a daily basis without consequences led to new, and more toxic, norms for civic behavior.
The battle between personal privacy and national security online continues.
Communicating by Vuvuzela, for when anonymity could be a matter of life and death.
With attacks against Tor increasing, prototype anonymising software Vuvuzela takes a different approach.
Silk Road, gone but not forgotten.
The technology behind Silk Road is still sound, but with the potential for a life sentence it would take faith to deploy them.
Tor, your online an-onionising software.
The Silk Road trial has concluded, with Ross Ulbricht found guilty of running the anonymous online marketplace for illegal goods. But questions remain over how the FBI found its way through Tor, the software…
We should help protect those who protect us from abuse online.
When trolls strike in website comment sections and across social media, we tend to look to curtail the perpetrators and help their targets. But what of the moderators – the often nameless and invisible…
You can Whisper it, but don’t expect it or you to stay secret forever.
In a post-Snowden world, anonymity is what people want online. Smartphone apps offering anonymous messaging are popping up everywhere – Secret, Whisper and now Yik Yak. The latest additions to privacy-protecting…
Google changes its policy on usernames.
Google has announced a surprising end to its controversial “Real Name” policy with a contrite post on Google+, telling users that there are “no more restrictions” on the names people can use. This is a…