Title: Anonymity in cyberspace: finding the balance between privacy and security

Authors: Mohamed Chawki

Addresses: ISPEC, University of Aix – Marseille III, France CEDEJ (MAEE/CNRS)

Abstract: This paper seeks to explore and analyse anonymity in cyberspace. It shows that the balance between privacy of internet users and security of nations can be achieved. It starts by presenting the concept and several types of anonymity. It focuses on the internet and how anonymity can be achieved, and why it is an essential tool for free speech. The paper will also describe proposals to outlaw anonymity over the internet, since it has often been tied to criminal activity by law enforcement bodies. Finally, the paper concludes that total anonymity may be possible through the use of privacy-enhancing technologies, such as those offered by Anonymizer.com and Freenet. Moreover, educated legislators can criminalise most true anonymity in cyberspace and still pass security.

Keywords: anonymity; cybercrime; cyberspace; privacy; national security; internet; world wide web; free speech; freedom of speech; criminal activity; legislation; Anonymizer.com; Freenet; technology transfer; commercialisation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTTC.2010.030209

International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, 2010 Vol.9 No.3, pp.183 - 199

Published online: 11 Dec 2009 *

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