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Re: [atlarge-discuss] FYI: Anonymity, identity and authority

Stephen Waters wrote:
> If you lived in a country that filtered sites like ABC news, Human
> Rights Watch, and had a record of running students over with tanks,
> secret abductions, and covering up disease epidemics, wouldn't YOU be
> afraid of participating in democratic organizations online?
> No, I don't think the problem is "fear" at this point, the problem is
> outreach. But once some outreach is done, we should probably have a
> mechanism for "secret" participation. Why? 2 reasons: 1) fear, 2) the
> outreach could very well get us filtered.

I concur, we should allow for anonymous registrations under some 
circumstances, but I also believe we should not allow for "blanket" no-name 
registrations for everyone from a particular geographic area.  There should 
be a committee whose charge is to examine appeals for anonymous registrations 
on a case-by-case basis.  Such registrations should be:

1.  Clearly indicated as anonymous.
2.  Constrained to expire after a set time unless renewed by the registrant.
3.  Strictly limited in number to some percentage of the total membership, 
say 10%.

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