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Google+ and the Argument for Online Anonymity: State of the News

Friday, August 19 on State of the News, Fast Company's Neal Ungerleider joined us to explain a debate that's been going on since Google+ started suspending pseudonymous accounts: is anonymity necessary for political activism and uncensored sharing? Or is Google right in its assertion that using real names makes connecting with people online more like connecting people in the real world? The policy as it stands has online activists worried - and has caused problems for those who have an already-established identity or brand online that's not associated with their legal name. So far, the only concession from Google has been to announce a 4-day grace period before accounts are suspended.[audio src="http://archive.wfpl.org/HereNow/20110819SON-ungerleider.mp3"format="mp3"]

Laura is LPM's Director of Podcasts & Special Projects. Email Laura at lellis@lpm.org.