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Metaverse and the Future of Net Anonymity, World Changing "Shoebox" Satellites, and Instagram Mums

Last Week in Plain English
Metaverse and the Future of Net Anonymity, World Changing "Shoebox" Satellites, and Instagram Mums
By In Plain English • Issue #4 • View online
The landscape of the internet is changing with the advent of Meta. Anonymity, a prized feature in the early heyday of the internet, may soon be a relic of the past. “You have one identity,” Mark Zuckerberg said in a 2010 interview. Several knotty ethical questions arise as Meta aims to only allow using our “real names” in the metaverse. Does this foster accountability? Or curb free expression? What are the consequences when the internet, instead of seeking to transcend reality, increasingly coincides with it to the point where you can no longer tell them apart?
All this and more (from a sweet story of mums brilliantly sharing parental resources over social media to “shoe-box” satellites that may one day change the world) in this edition of Last Week in Plain English.

Anonymity has always been part of the internet, but Facebook wants us to use our real names in the metaverse. Should we allow fake identities online?
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The mums using Instagram to offer advice to new parents
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Six ways shoebox-sized satellites are trying to change the world
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