Tag: anonymity

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EU Governing Body Proposes End of Anonymity for Bitcoin

In the purported interest of keeping people safe, the European Commission wants to make us all easier to find. In an announcement released today, the EU’s executive body says it wants to stop the anonymous use of virtual currencies like Bitcoin in order to improve security.

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Why Online Anonymity frightens Progressives

The United States, as we know it today, was born in an anonymous debate. On September 27, 1787, an anonymous writer using the pen-name “Cato” wrote an essay for the New York press, criticising the proposed US constitution, which was then awaiting ratification by the states. Cautioning against an overly-powerful executive and the establishment of a standing army, the essay soon triggered a response from “Publius,” another pseudonymous author, who argued in favour of the new constitution. By then a third pesudonymous critic, “Brutus,” had also entered the debate.