How does anonymity enable free speech - and how is it a threat? "I think anonymity on the Internet has to go away," famously said by Randi Zuckerberg (sister of Mark), has become the policy for some, while the Stop Online Piracy Act mobilized millions to write Congress in protest.
Identity Wars is a broad look at how anonymity influences politics, activism, religion, and art.
Stryker presents a strong defense of anonymity and explores some of the tools and organizations relating to this issue, especially as it has evolved with the ubiquity of the Internet. Cogent and compelling, his examination of online identities, both false and real, is an essential read for the social-networking age.
Every non-specialist on the Internet and its arcane technology should read this book. I guarantee you will no longer consult Google, post on your Facebook page, or send and receive emails with the same nonchalance as before.
Stryker offers much more than a philosophical discussion of the importance of privacy in modern day life. Along with a defense of anonymity and its link with free speech, he gives us a hands-on explanation of actions anyone can take to preserve their personal identity when "surfing". The information is presented in a completely readable and most enjoyable style.
As the author of the political novel "The Patriot Conspiracy"--about a president who conspires to abolish cash and establish a compulsory government credit card--imagine my pleasure in finding a kindred spirit when I read, on page 132, "A government that monitors and controls the flow of currency is a government that, benevolently or not, controls its people."