understanding the importance and impact of anonymity and authentication in a networked society
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Revisiting the four horsemen of the infopocalypse: Representations of anonymity and the Internet in Canadian newspapers
By: Robert Carey & Jacquelyn Burkell


(2007) 12:8 First Monday

Abstract:
The concept of anonymity is central to much discussion about the Internet. In this paper, we wish to identify the term’s work in the context of more expansive claims about the function, value and consequences of networked information technology in society. We argue that themes and topics in a sample of Canadian print news stories are exemplary of a discourse about the Internet in which anonymity is portrayed as an element that facilitates positive or negative social outcomes of the technology.

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