Technical Definitions

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At its extreme, privacy becomes anonymity when, for instance, a person uses it to conceal his or her true identity in order to cyber-bully someone else. Conversely, excessive privacy could also conceal the perpetrators of criminal, terrorist, or computer hacking acts from law enforcement agencies.

Our Definitions in "Plain English"

Anonymity is when one wants their privacy to be on the highest level, not showing any of their information and identities. Anonymity is a condition in which an individual’s true identity is unknown. - Julie

Images/Videos and Explanations

Sometimes it is required to log in on some websites in order to leave a comment on internet. However, people do not like using their email address to comment on some articles or giving their information in order to make an account. Some even think that those websites ask for our personal information to steal them. However this is all big mistakes. They only use those sites to check our credential; they never see our login information.

The real reason why they ask for the credential is because it determines the quality of the comments. The harder a site makes it for someone to post a comment, the fewer comments it gets, and those comments are generally better.
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From Troll, Reveal Thyself: Why we need to get rid of anonymous comments



The IB ITGS definition of Anonymity is as follows.
At its extreme, privacy becomes anonymity when, for instance, a person uses it to conceal his or her true identity in order to cyber-bully someone else. Conversely, excessive privacy could also conceal the perpetrators of criminal, terrorist, or computer hacking acts from law enforcement agencies.

A more basic and simpler definition of Anonymity is as follows.
Anonymity is when a user hides his or her true identity and becomes unknown and unidentifiable to other users on the web. It is in a way being extremely private.

Examples of Anonymity
An example of anonymity is when someone creates a fake Facebook account under a fake name such as John Smith and uses said account to cyber bully someone. No one knows who is actually cyber-bullying because he or she is anonymous. This is an example of anonymity.

Example of Anonymity
Another example of anonymity is if someone comments on a website or an article and simply uses the title of ‘User 1.’ No one knows who ‘User 1’ is. The person under ‘User 1’ has their true identity complete concealed.

Example of Anonymity
The last example of anonymity is when a hacker hacks on to a computer and conceals his identity. The hacker makes it very complicated to trace his trail and leaves nothing behind that could recognize him. This means that those being hacked and anyone else cannot decipher who the hacker is thus the hacker is anonymous.

Positives of Anonymity
A positive of anonymity is that on the internet you can freely say anything without fear of being subject to repercussions such as hate mail or other forms of anger and disgust. These anonymous users without anonymity may even be fired form their jobs. Law enforcement also uses anonymous sources when dealing with organized crime and crime in general.

Non-Example of Anonymity
A non-example of anonymity is when a user comments on an article with his or her real name. This means that people looking at the comment know who the person that has commented is. Their identity is not hidden.

Non-Example of Anonymity
People on search websites such as AOL believe that their searches are anonymous and no one can know it is them who have searched. This is not the case. AOL and other search engines collect so much information of the person that that person becomes easily identifiable.

Negatives of Anonymity
Anonymity allows for cyber bullying without knowing who has cyber bullied. On applications such as an old Facebook app "Bathroom Stall" all people who comment are anonymous to other viewers. With this protection people feel safe with cyber bullying and being mean. This allows for an increase of cyber bullying. Spamming also improves with anonymity. Spammers carefully hide their addresses so that they are not subject to hate or being reported. Hackers with anonymity also are able to hack without fear of being caught. If you do not know who the hacker is or cannot trace their IP address you have no idea who did it.

Relevant News Articles
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/09/technology/09aol.html?pagewanted=1
In this article an old lady is traced through her searches on AOL. The article is related to anonymity because the woman that was searching thought that her true identity was hidden and that she was unknown to anyone and her searches could not be traced to her but this was not the case.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/may/11/anonymous-behind-the-mask
In this article it describes the hacker group 'Anonymous.' The article is related to anonymity because the hackers are all anonymous. They take careful precautions to make sure that their true identities are never known when they hack certain websites or databases.

http://www.pbs.org/parents/childrenandmedia/article-protecting-kids-from-cyberbullying.html
This brief article gives tips on how to deal with cyber bullies. Furthermore it describes how bullies hide their true identities with fake names and accounts and even sometimes pretend to be the victim.

http://www.cyberbullyalert.com/blog/2008/10/stories-of-cyber-bullying/
This article gives several examples of people that have been cyber bullied and the examples. The article states that many of the cyber bullying actions are possible with the help of anonymity. Most example end tragically as well.