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Google's Real Name policy embodies a theory that states the way to maximise civility is to force people to own their opinions and identity.

Dory Carr-Harris, PSFK
  • 1 september 2011



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This article titled “Google Plus forces us to discuss identity” was written by Cory Doctorow, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 30th August 2011 12.12 UTC

Google Plus’s controversial identity policy requires all users to use their “real names”. Commentators have pointed to problems with this, including the implausibility of Google being able to determine correctly which names are real and which ones are fake. Other problems include the absurdity of Google’s demand for scans of government ID to accomplish this task and the fractal implausibility of Google being able to discern real from fake in all forms of government ID.

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