- Laurens Rademakers
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Create a universal internet passport which shows a person's true identity
The internet is a fantastic gift. The fact that we can create instant dialogues and hide behind a wall of anonymity has major advantages. It can help topple governments, it can expose corruption, it can help leak documents...
But at the same time, the lack of real identities creates a serious weakness. More and more evidence is emerging that firms and even governments are creating online armies of non-existant people, to push certain issues on the agenda, and to influence debates.
Fake profiles and persona are flooding fora, creating the impression that many people support a given cause.
This is dangerous. And the process is becoming automated. Sophisticated software is out there that will generate fake identities, fully equipped profiles, and disseminates them across themes and spaces to influence debates.
I propose the creation of a real, unique internet passport, that shows one's true identity.
You can use this passport to engage in debates where you don't have to hide your identity. When you read other forums, you can check whether people present their ideas with their real identity, or whether they're anonymous. This may help you in drawing conclusions on the importance of what's being presented.
In short, the passport is not obligatory, but can be used, whenever needed, in circumstances where this would help the user identify the sérieux of others' presence and to present himself as a serious subject.
The passport would be linked to a fixed internet-page; a phone-book of sorts. An anti-facebook that is based on real reality, and not on imagined or desired realities.