On The Internet, Nobody Knows You’re A Dog

“On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog” is a popular saying used to describe the anonymity of the Internet.

It began as the caption of a cartoon by Peter Steiner, published in The New Yorker on July 5, 1993 and is still used today when talking about the issues around online identity.

Now, with all that we do on the web, be it social and professional networking, dating, or buying and selling on auction and classifieds sites, the need to know who we are really dealing with is more important than ever before.

Hopefully this video brings awareness to the increasing need for trust online.

[Via Buzzfeed]





2 Responses to On The Internet, Nobody Knows You’re A Dog

  1. So we need more trust online because an online predator (the cat) got caught out by the dogs (police/child protection).

    We need to be ABLE to prove who we are online, but stripping away anonymity completely also exposes the victims of violent crime to further violence. There are many women trying to escape violent relationships who have been found by their abusers thanks to a lack of anonymity. Does the writer of the original comment want to be liable for the beatings and deaths of those women and children or will there be a predictable denial of responsibility?

    Just like in real life, there are times when people NEED to be able to hide who they really are, not for criminal reasons but for their own safety. Take away people’s right to anonymity, or even advocate it, and you are personally contributing to that abuse just as though you drove the abuser to the victim’s door yourself.