Tuesday, December 29, 2020

That doesn't seem very anonymous

from here

The concept of anonymous has gone through a lot of changes over the years. Back in the day there were anonymous remailers, which came about because it became obvious that you could track down the sender or more traditional messages. Then of course there was the Tor Project which was meant to facilitate anonymous browsing because otherwise your activity on a site could be tracked back to your ISP who would be more than willing to give you up. After that came the hacktivist group named Anonymous who presciently wore masks because they feared (and rightly so) being identified by authorities using (among other things) facial recognition. Face recognition is in the hands of everyone now, though, not just the authorities, so the idea of showing your face online and calling it anonymous because your name is withheld just doesn't work anymore.