Daniel Solove recently wrote a short piece on The Virtues of Anonymity. He observes that anonymity can be used both for good and bad purposes, and he therefore argues for striking a balance between the two through the concept of “traceable anonymity”. In this legal concept, people’s anonymity is protected by law, unless anonymity is abused to cause harm. In that case, according to Solove, the law should preserve a way to trace the identity of the culprit.

Interestingly, I have been arguing for the technical realisation of a related concept called Revocable Privacy for a few years now. Read the rest of this entry »