Article Synthesis

The World Wide Web serves many purposes, one of these being a source of involvement to a community that is popular across the world. The internet is a great place for people to connect with other, and for individuals to build their digital identity. Three articles were read for today’s blog post relating to the discussion of online identities. The first article, “Online Identity: is authenticity or anonymity more important?” written by Aleks Krotoski for The Guardian, following “Career Coach: Know Your Online Identity” written by Joyce E. A. Russell for The Washington Post, and finally “Businesses, not just governments, have a role to play in helping web users prove their identities” written for the Economist. All the articles discuss the pros and cons of our online identities.

Authenticity plays an important role when referring to the privacy that comes with every online identity. In the past, it has been simple to identify yourself online as something you are not; this is known as fraud. This issue has been taken into great concern in the past, but laws and regulations of the internet have been altered greatly. Today, it is much more difficult for users to give false or fraud information over the internet. Krotoski’s article speaks about identity as a privilege, and how identity can be mimicked and used to spread false information across the web. “The old web, a place where identity could remain separate from real life, is rapidly disappearing from the computer screen” says Krotoski.

To conclude, we have learnt that the internet is a safe place if we use it with caution. It is important to remember that once information is released into the public, it is impossible to reverse that action. The idea of fraud identity on the internet is vastly being diminished. It will soon be impossible for users to thoroughly get away with a fraud identity, since the security and requirement of information for identity is becoming more specific. Most people do not understand the fact that once information is released onto the internet, it is there for the public. My guess is that if potential employers are doing research on you, and comes across inappropriate pictures or references that you have posted on the internet, they will not hire you. An online identity is a professional identity, and professional identity, and remember that when you are about to post something that should not be posted.