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A tweetstorm from
Balaji S. Srinivasan
5 years ago — @balajis
1/ This scene is actually pretty useful for understanding pseudonymity:
Pseudonymity means immunity from the mob.
2/ As software eats world, online influences offline. More use of pseudonyms & aliases. Less use of "official" names, a social construct.
3/ That is, the entire concept of a "real" name was actually State-imposed:
4/ "Seeing Like a State" is well worth reading, alongside "The Sovereign Individual."
5/ Pseudonymity + broadcast: novel & unprecedented combination. Can't kill messenger. Messenger can reach everyone.
6/ We should think about making services more pseudonym friendly. Ask "real names" less - protect vs ID theft. Bitcoin makes more feasible.
7/ 20th c: don't get in cars with strangers - but tell everyone your name. 21st c: ride-share w/ high-rep strangers - but keep name private.
8/ Many services must start centralized & for-profit w/ "real" name. No prob. Eventually will decentralize, open-source, make pseud friendly
9/ In interim, could be interesting to create a
service for instant namechange: