9/01/2008

Myth 188 - Myth of anonymity

In the absence of legal provisions, netizens are not accountable to what they posted in cyberspace. And to take it one step further, just remain anonymous. Cyberspace thus becomes a lawless world for the irresponsible and those who are out to do mischief. This is far from the truth. Everyone in cyberspace is accountable for his actions and words. There is no escape unless one can really make his postings untraceable. Those who are still posting vicious and scandalous messages are only allowed to go free at the mercy of their intended victims. Once the wronged party decided it is enough, the net will be pulled in and the guilty is not going to get away. The arrest of the paedophiles that posted in crypted messages, twirled his image etc is a case in point. When the law is ready to haul you in, you will be in. No netizen can afford to be irresponsible and feel safe even in cases of libel and scandal. You cannot hide one day longer. It is a fallacy to claim that netizens feel safe to be irresponsible in cyberspace.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let it be known that every computer connected to a network can be traced even under anonymity. What can't be traced is the actual person using the computer under sharing account.

redbean said...

what people are saying is that netizens are simply irresponsible people and they are immuned from the law. that is a myth.

Anonymous said...

They can trace the computer, but can they take action? If say, they trace the source to a computer in the USA, that owner will probably tell you to fly kite. Which is actually the case with the unofficial 'Yeo Cheow Tong' website.

Anonymous said...

Awww, Yeo Cheow Tong website is a lame case. Try setting up a bomb making website and see whether the authority take action or not. You will be hunted down even in Iran.

Anonymous said...

"They can trace the computer, but can they take action?"

You obviously belittle or have no idea of covert operations by the cooperation of various international intelligence agencies. They can easily take action if they wanted, but they won't, because it is not worth the time, effort and resources to take on libel cases. However, isp are the ones to go after libel or commercial cases.

Anonymous said...

Big brother knows who you are. They also know if you are a treat to society or individual otherwise we all be gonner.