At long last. Google was seemingly going into a bit of an utopian vision of the Internet, where everybody shares everything and is nice to everybody else. No, people are still flesh and bone, they are still the same people you meet on the street, some good, some bad. Seems like the street outside their offices got a way into their heads, finally.
Some companies and some governments too don't understand the usefulness and outright necessity to have anonymity on the Internet. In your life you interact with a limited number of people, so it's easier to keep track of that part of your life compared to being voluntarily and involuntarily exposed to billions of people around the world and not being able to protect yourself conveniently in such a scenario where you don't know 99.99% of the people and where things can happen while you are off-line, or heck, even while being on-line and you don't even know. The emergence of nicknames on the Internet since it's beginning is a natural result of its scale, it's out of necessity really. Sure, there are lots of contradictions, and being anonymous goes both ways as there is the real danger for it to be abused, and it is abused, but in most cases it's not an issue, people who have a broadband contract, be it landline or mobile, the ISP knows who you are, so when it's important, the authorities have a way to know who you are and getting to know who is in your household that could have used the Internet isn't that far off either, but that's it, the principle is on a need to know basis given to the least amount of people / entities necessary, you shouldn't be forced to expose yourself to an astronomical number of people just because.
The same thing applies to the world in general. Writers sometimes use pseudonyms. Sometimes it's for pure creative freedom, but in others it's to protect themselves. We all know that people get lambasted even when they are doing everything legally. Someone always disagrees.
Edited by tpi2007 - 4/25/14 at 8:31am