diberry - 4:05 pm on Feb 17, 2013 (gmt 0)
The thing is, it doesn't even work offline. Getting a fake identity is incredibly easy for criminals, terrorists, stalkers and the like. With these clean identities, they not only buy stuff but get jobs that put them in positions to cause trouble. We have never operated with anything short of real, legal names in the real world, and look how easily people defeat that when they want to.
Demanding real, legal names online won't affect criminal or terrorist activity at all. It will only affect people who don't want their personal info being sold to corporations, or who have reason to fear specific criminals, stalkers, trolls, etc.
It will just make things nicer for the criminal/trollish element.
As a rule of thumb: laws only impact law-abiders. It's the enforcement of law that effects criminals (and jerks). Demanding legal names will not improve enforcement. It will just give Google better info to share to marketing companies. That's all this is about - Facebook has shown how valuable real names are, and I don't blame other companies for feeling they have to get on the bandwagon. But claims that this will make YouTube a nicer place to comment or something? I don't find them plausible.