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I Talk Google Profiles, Pseudonyms & Second Life on the BBC

BBC Outriders Jamillah Knowles

Listen to this interview I just did on the BBC's podcast Outriders, with Jamillah Knowles. (August 2 episode, about 17 minutes in.) I tell Jamillah about Google's incoherent policies on pseudonyms, Linden Lab's recent addition of a social network in a social network in a social network, and the importance of pseudonyms to protect identity: For example, an SLer in Cairo who told me about this year's uprising in Egypt from the safety of his Nubian steampunk avatar. Thanks to my friend the lovely and dulcet-voiced Ms. Knowles (pictured above) for the great interview, and for editing me into relative coherence. (Who as you can see, also has a secret alternative life as a champion hula hoop princess.)


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Well done. A subject dear to my heart since they dumped me for using both Epredator and my given name. They did let me back in but what a mad bad misguided attempt to understand the way people choose to interact.it is very fundamental and important. Whilst my example was one of wanting to let people know who I am I appreciate people also needing and wanting anonymity. As I wrote identity online is not binary. Inconvenient for designers and techs but a fact that has tp be dealt with


You did a great job explaining a complicated subject for a lay audience, and being entertaining in the process. Well done.

Hamlet Au

Thanks! Seriously a large part is Jamillah's editing. I seem to say "kinda" every third word!

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