McAlpine and Petraeus: removing the illusions of Internet anonymity and privacy

The news that Lord McAlpine’s lawyers intend to identify and extract damages from those twats (shorter than twitterers) who down not own up and apologise brings an overdue dose of reality to the muddled debate on the “right” to be able disguise your identity over the Internet which is implicit in much of the opposition to Nominet’s plans to clean up .UK . Meanwhile observers can also enjoy the belated US realisation of the de facto Internet regulatory regime they have created as they look at the means by which the cold war between the FBI and CIA was fanned into flames after one military “socialite” complained she was being “warned off” her prey by another.

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