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4chan's moot talks anonymity at TED 2010
The Inquisitr ^ | February 11, 2010 | Kim LaCapria

Posted on 02/12/2010 7:09:21 PM PST by SubGeniusX

Christopher Poole, better known to the internet as 4chan’s moot, spoke at TED 2010’s “Provocation” session.

moot, 21, was revealed as 4chan’s creator by the Wall Street Journal in 2008. He said in an interview with TIME on the same day his identity was disclosed that his “personal private life is very separate from (his) Internet life … There’s a firewall in between.” Which is fitting for a young man backed by an army known to the internet at large as “anonymous,” based in a community known primarily for it’s nameless, anything goes menu of pornography, schadenfraude and extraordinarily crass humor.

Indeed, /b/ wouldn’t be what it is without the ability to post anonymously, and moot is puzzled at the growing trend away from anonymity on the web. moot’s talk on the subject is particularly interesting in light of the growing privacy nightmare visited upon us this week in the form of Google Buzz- even the tech savviest among us found ourselves in awkward situations with current boy or girlfriends, former employers and random one-time acquaintances we may now randomly be “following.”

Interestingly, what seems to be one of the highest impact points of moot’s talk was the saga of Dusty the Cat, infamously tracked down in 48 hours by anonymous after one anon posted pictures of the cat being abused. Although a contradictory point on the surface, it kind of illustrates how privacy and the net really are an illusion. Ars Technica points out that moot “didn’t speak to the dangers” of mass internet anonymity, but the Dusty anecdote seems to illustrate that we may all be throwing the anonymous baby out with the social networking bathwater:

…he insisted that anonymity is a good thing, yet we’re all giving it up voluntarily. He wasn’t talking about the NSA or tech policy or anything like that. Rather, he said sites like 4chan may go the way of the dinosaur because people are choosing to join social networking sites and persistent identity services. One of the ‘Net’s greatest strengths is disappearing as a result, but moot claimed that sites like 4chan show that a lot of good can come of anonymity, too. He seemed puzzled as to why everyone wants their identity tied to so much of what they say and do online. Do people hold back? Do they censor themselves?

Reflecting on my own long-time internet tenure, I have personally scaled back my disclosure in a big way over the past few years. (Yes, the postings you read daily are the censored me. You’re welcome.) Reading over the Ars Technica post made me nostalgic for the days I said what I wanted on the internet, when real names weren’t required, and I knew and errant status update wouldn’t make it into the eyes of my mother, my boss or my best friend from junior high.

Perhaps it was inevitable, and the march towards living publicly on the internet is an unstoppable force. But it would be a sad, sad day if the last true unfiltered cross section of the web ceased existing. The internet doesn’t just know who you are at all times now- it knows where you are, how you’re feeling, what you’re eating and who you associate with. It kind of makes you long for a time and datestamp and a “’sup /b/” on your disembodied left boob, doesn’t it?


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Conspiracy; Society
KEYWORDS: 4chan; anonymous; moot; privacy
Link to moot's TED talk

To anyone who is not familiar w/ 4chan it's a image/message board, that has a checkered reputation. They have done everything from creating the rickroll and lolcat memes to protesting Scientology more recently they may be involved in action against internet censorship in Australia.

Beware 4chan is not for everyone heck, it's not a pretty place but this is a great talk.

1 posted on 02/12/2010 7:09:22 PM PST by SubGeniusX
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To: SubGeniusX
Already posted here.
2 posted on 02/12/2010 7:12:38 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: happinesswithoutpeace

Rules #1 and #2 apply.


3 posted on 02/12/2010 7:13:29 PM PST by SubGeniusX (Rule #34,,, No Exceptions.)
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To: SubGeniusX

The belly of the interbutts. Also spawned ‘I can has cheeseburger’.


4 posted on 02/12/2010 7:13:32 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: martin_fierro

lulz


5 posted on 02/12/2010 7:14:19 PM PST by SubGeniusX (Rule #34,,, No Exceptions.)
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To: SubGeniusX

Ah, that was back when /i/t was good.


6 posted on 02/12/2010 7:19:25 PM PST by ResearchMonkey (Enlightenment© being diagnosed.)
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To: ResearchMonkey

7 posted on 02/12/2010 7:22:30 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites
Actually have you seen this yet?

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Polish newspaper claims 'Pedobear' is 2010 Vancouver Olympic mascot

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8 posted on 02/12/2010 7:32:13 PM PST by SubGeniusX (Rule #34,,, No Exceptions.)
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To: SubGeniusX

Now that’s funny.


9 posted on 02/12/2010 7:35:20 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SubGeniusX

“…he insisted that anonymity is a good thing, yet we’re all giving it up voluntarily.”

I keep thinking that I should shed some of my longtime internet identities and create new ones at least once a year.

Am I paranoid or paranoid enough? Facebook really is a NSA funded project. (Kidding, really)


10 posted on 02/12/2010 7:37:34 PM PST by listenhillary (the only reason government wants to be our provider is so it may become our master)
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To: SubGeniusX

Yeah, I saw that and was most amused.


11 posted on 02/12/2010 7:43:26 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: ResearchMonkey
heh...

Habbo

lulz

12 posted on 02/12/2010 7:49:43 PM PST by SubGeniusX (Rule #34,,, No Exceptions.)
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To: listenhillary
Facebook really is a NSA funded project.

You may be on to something. Perhaps some bright lad in NSA realized people don't need to be spied on; they'll blab about themselves of their own free volition. It's genius.

13 posted on 02/12/2010 8:25:45 PM PST by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: B-Chan; null and void; killjoy; Hexenhammer; Rodebrecht; ikka; happinesswithoutpeace; ...

ping.....

I am considering creating a Rule #1 ping list send me an email with thoughts or if you would like to join...


14 posted on 02/12/2010 8:39:47 PM PST by SubGeniusX (Rule #34...No Exceptions.)
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To: SubGeniusX

plz nobody /r/ rule #34 of Freerepublic.


15 posted on 02/12/2010 9:22:52 PM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: SubGeniusX

Rule 34


16 posted on 02/12/2010 9:24:16 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 386 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: null and void

>>15

plz nobody /r/ rule #34 of Freerepublic.

>>16

Rule 34

Hivemind get


17 posted on 02/12/2010 9:28:20 PM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: null and void; struggle

18 posted on 02/12/2010 9:42:51 PM PST by SubGeniusX (Rule #34...No Exceptions.)
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To: struggle; null and void

well it would have to involve tea-bagging ..... oh god must stop


19 posted on 02/12/2010 9:47:24 PM PST by SubGeniusX (Rule #34...No Exceptions.)
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To: SubGeniusX

tl;dr

Also, this guy in the pic @ fr link looks almost like he should be hawking dinosaur shirts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2449745/posts


20 posted on 02/12/2010 9:56:53 PM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (We are unable to transmit through conscious neural interference.)
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To: struggle; null and void

actually I think FR was 34’d nicely by Carrie Prejean


21 posted on 02/12/2010 10:04:38 PM PST by SubGeniusX (Rule #34...No Exceptions.)
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To: SubGeniusX

Hell yeah, count me in!


22 posted on 02/12/2010 11:03:53 PM PST by Hexenhammer ( The Spirit of '76!)
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To: null and void

Knowledge is free.


23 posted on 02/13/2010 5:18:16 AM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (We are unable to transmit through conscious neural interference.)
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To: SubGeniusX
I am considering creating a Rule #1 ping list send me an email with thoughts or if you would like to join...

Do it, fgt.
24 posted on 02/13/2010 2:08:12 PM PST by Rodebrecht (No army can stop an idea whose time has come.)
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