The debate on pseudonyms persists in the NY Times, as Google continues to eject pseudonymous accounts from Google Plus. Google crafted its Common Names Policy in order to promote trust and transparency, hoping to mitigate spam and flame wars. But the backlash has been strong from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (in this eloquent statement) and others as they advocate for those who need pseudonyms to express themselves without fear of being ostracized, fired, arrested or physically targeted.
Changing course, Google Plus will allow people to use pseudonyms, but it will require some users to prove that they use the name elsewhere in government documents, online or in published material. It is the latest step in a continui... Read Post
Google's Bradley Horowitz just announced that as part of a more "inclusive" naming policy, Google+ will now be allow people to employ pseudonyms as their user names. The company's previous insistence on real names has been the subje... Read Post