Levels of Internet Anonymity
A half-baked “theory” of mine from roughly 2009, buried in one of my older notebooks. Commentary, addenda and corrections in footnotes.
- Level 0: Untraceable, fully Anonymous user (e.g. pre-neomugicha 2chan[nel]3)
- Level 1: Tor-tied/Heavily proxified Anonymous user (e.g. 4chan with Tor)4).
- Level 2: Simple-proxied Anonymous user (e.g. 4chan through port 80 proxy)5).
- Level 3: IP-tied Anonymous user (e.g. 4chan [illegible])6), i.e. one which can be only vulnerated by someone with IP access, ends at this level.)).
- Level 4: Pseudonymus user, unlikable to another online identity/one-time user pseudonym.
- Level 5: Pseudonyity used in >1 communities.
- Level 6 Psuedonymity used in >1 communities and/or? pseudonym linked to >1 other “unrelated” identity7).
Right to Vanish is potentially compromised beyond this point.
- Level 7: Identity from any of the previous levels linkable to an IRL identity or element. Doxable [i.e. vulnerable to doxing] user8).
- Level 8: Not pseudonymous [Onymous9) user?] or pseudonym directly linked to IRL activity. Directly doxable user.
Right to Vanish useless or directly non-applicable [beyond this point].
- Level 9: Internet activity is under [an IRL identity] irrevocably. Doxed-by-definition user10).