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.