AllThingsD Week In Review: $TWTR, More NSA Drama and the “Dark Web”

The Top 10 stories that powered AllThingsD this week, in one convenient post.

U.S. Intelligence Chief Defends Attempts to Break Tor Anonymity Network

It was all legal and appropriate, James Clapper argues.

Silk Road Bust Raises Profile of So-Called “Dark Web”

That it exists is interesting. What you find on it isn’t.

My Name Is: _______

Anonymity and pseudonymity are perfectly reasonable under some situations. But there are cases where in the transactions both parties really need to know who are we talking to. So what I’m looking for is not that we shut down anonymity, but rather that we offer an option when needed that can strongly authenticate who the parties are.

Vint Cerf, in an interview with Reuters


Tor: An Anonymous, and Controversial, Way to Web-Surf

For more than four years, William Weber has helped run a free service called Tor that makes Web surfing anonymous for anyone.

Modria Wants You to Settle Your Workplace Problems (and Even Patent Disputes) Online

And, thanks to the Supreme Court, they’re likely to get their wish.

Gawker Will Deputize Commenters, Says Sheriff Nick Denton

Gawker plans to launch an ambitious new commenting model within the next couple months, said its founder Nick Denton at SXSW today.

Obama Likes the Internet, So He’ll Probably Veto SOPA if It Gets That Far

Will he or won’t he?

4chan Founder Chris Poole: It’s Not That I Love Anonymity, It’s That I Hate Facebook’s Identity Requirements

“We all have multiple identities. It’s not abnormal; it’s just part of being human,” 4chan founder Christopher Poole said at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.

What’s Really Behind The Facebook/Google Real Name Debate?

It seems to me that the larger issue in this ongoing real names debate is not who you say you are, but the usefulness of a unified Web identity.

LAL People Helps Find Friends Anonymously