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How Quora Does Opt-In Anonymity

As I suggested a few weeks ago, there might be a lot to gain if e-participation systems offered "more flexible ways of dealing with identity" than the one-size-fits-all approach that's currently predominant: By giving participants better overall control of how much information they want to reveal about themselves (vis-a-vis the application as well as other [...]

By |2018-11-21T15:42:07+00:00January 20th, 2010|Research|2 Comments

Anonymity in Public Participation

Following their recent informal survey, Lucas Cioffi just shared a comprehensive list of arguments why requiring citizens to register on government websites with their real names may not always be such a good idea: Protect Anonymous Comments Online Here's the comment I just left: Nice list of arguments. I wonder what opportunities there are to design [...]

By |2018-11-21T15:42:07+00:00December 3rd, 2009|Ideas, Research|6 Comments

Semi-Anonymous Comments on Peak Democracy

Following up on my recent post about Quora's approach to anonymous postings, here's an example of a related feature. Peak Democracy is a "non-partisan company whose mission is to broaden civic engagement and build public trust in government." Their Open City Hall™ service is a monitored online public comment process that promises "order and decorum [...]

By |2018-11-21T15:42:06+00:00February 4th, 2010|Research|3 Comments