Wil Wheaton writes "“On the Internet,” says the iconic New Yorker cartoon, “nobody knows you’re a dog.”
It’s a joke, but it’s also a problem. More venom than ever before is flowing from behind the cloak of anonymity, where people remain entirely unaccountable for their words and deeds. Recently, random men used the anonymity of a huge city like New York to harass actor Shoshana Roberts while she walked the streets of Manhattan. Unnamed users of Ask.fm bullied a British 18-year-old until she killed herself last year.
This is especially true inside the gaming community, where female developers like Zoë Quinn and Briana Wu were forced from their homes by credible, anonymous threats. Feminist video game critic Anita Sarkeesean has canceled public speaking engagements thanks to anonymous threats of violence. And activists from #GamerGate are hiding behind user IDs to terrorize women like my friend Felicia Day."