The role and utility of anonymous and pseudonymous identities online has long been debated. Many argue it helps protect “trolls” and hate speech, but a recent column by Judith Donath, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, explores the importance of using pseudonyms online to protect individual privacy and to foster personal expression. By segmenting our online alter egos, she argues, we mimic our offline experience. In this post for Privacy Perspectives, Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, looks into the positive role pseudonyms can play for individual users and the potential implications and possibilities it presents for privacy pros and businesses alike.
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