Do we all need to create multiple online identities?
Since the growing number of incidents like Justine Sacco’s tweet and the data breach scandal from Cambridge Analytica, it was no surprise to see many posts favoured the use of multiple/anonymous online identities. Additionally, it was interesting to see many of us took different approaches to analyse single and multiple online identities (as shown in the graph below).
Will considered the benefits of using a single identity for people who use social media as the main channel to build their own business. It was a fresh view of how using single identity can beneficial. However, this means that they are vulnerable to identity theft. Nevertheless, multiple identities do not necessarily ensure identity protection nor allow one to carelessly say anything.
Single or multiple identities, there is not one right answer.
Anonymity: Good or bad?
While discussing this issue with the others, I found quite conflicting views. Lakshay supported government’s intervention to tackle the negative effects while education could ensure optimal use of anonymity. Megan, on the other hand, questioned privacy invasion that associated with government regulation.
Megan’s concern is relevant as privacy is very sensitive topic. Everyone on the Internet was once anonymous, but social media and its effects on people’s life suggest a change in freedom of expression on the Internet. With an alarming rate of people using anonymity for malicious activities (Kang et al., 2013), anonymity should be monitored up to a certain extent.
Identity is a complicated issue, both offline and online. As many companies are reviewing their data policy, identity protection will hopefully be improved. Nonetheless, each of us should be active in managing our own personal data. Anonymous identity should not be seen as ‘bad’, ‘illegal’ if it is used for good purposes. The positive use of anonymity should be promoted to create a safe online environment in which everyone can freely express themselves.
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