Re: Extropians Mailing List --Approval Procedure

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Sat Nov 04 2000 - 14:06:18 MST

Spike Jones wrote:
> Max More wrote:
> > I'll keep this short, since Barbara Lamar made sensible points that I would
> > echo, and Brian Atkins points out...
> I havent participated in the discussion, but reading over it, I wondered
> where are all the openness and transparency advocates? I offer my
> real name (Greg Jones) my address, my phone number, my office
> number, anything. Why hide? The transparency age is coming, why
> not welcome it and take advantage of it for the good, instead of trying
> to fight it? If we get better transparency, we will have fewer repeats of
> the unfortunate Jamiro incident. Even newspaper make you attach your
> name to editorials. Sign it, own it!

I've never done it myself but sometimes it might be interesting to
create one or more pseudo-selves to participate in various internet
spaces. Total transparency would make that difficult. Also it is
crucial in more repressive societies to be able to express oneself
anonymously. While this society (developed countries) increasingly has
the means to force full transparency it does not show encouraging
corresponding signs of being less repressive.

- samantha

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