- Jan 31, 2011
A good point—there are lots of backdoors in our internet infrastructure, and it is naive to think that you can truly hide your identity unless you have a very high degree of technical skill. But let's make sure we draw the causal arrow in the right direction: a large part of why it is hard to be anonymous online is because we built backdoors into common security protocols for the stated purpose of helping legal authorities identify criminals (think SESTA/FOSTA).I think the idea that the network is actually anonymous at the moment is very unlikely to be true.
Your argument, in simplistic terms, is that since anonymity is a lost cause, we might as well make the most of the crimestopping opportunity afforded by the loss of anonymity. But this argument looks a little different in light of the legislative history: We paid a price, in terms of broad personal cybersecurity, in order to give the state these law enforcement powers; this was a choice that congress did not have to make but decided to. Whether that price was worth it is a matter of opinion. But it is fair to say that the (US) government can already deanonymize criminals if it wants to.