Google, identity and freedom
Posted February 24, 2011on:
Just a quick note.. I wrote recently discouraging site owners from enabling Facebook comments exclusively -thereby restricting any participation to ‘real names.’
This, from Alma Whitten at Google, is an important post suggesting different levels of identity are being seriously and responsibly considered by the search giant:
“we’ve been thinking about the different ways people choose to identify themselves (or not) when they’re using Google–in particular how identification can be helpful or even necessary for certain services, while optional or unnecessary for others. Attribution can be very important, but pseudonyms and anonymity are also an established part of many cultures — for good reason.
When it comes to Google services, we support three types of use: unidentified, pseudonymous and identified.”