"What's in a name?"

#nymwars and the public sphere

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Last year's #nymwars have brought the discussion about names and what they mean online to a new high: While one group strongly supports "real names" claiming them to leading to better conversations and transparence the opposite fraction fights tooth and nail against it championing the right to anonymity and whistleblowing.
In this talk we'll start by clearly separating the different -nymities from each other and look - in that light - at the different fraction's arguments. What's really in a name and is anonymity a viable base for communication?

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