Numerous mechanical devices threaten to make good the prediction that "what is whispered in the closet shall be proclaimed from the housetops."
SAMUEL D. WARREN AND
LOUIS D. BRANDEIS, 1890
Any high-integrity identifier represents a
threat to civil liberties, because it
represents the basis for a ubiquitous
identification scheme, and such a scheme
provides enormous power over the
populace. All human behavior would
become transparent to the State, and the
scope for non-conformism and dissent
would be muted to the point envisaged
by the anti-utopian novelists.
Might society use practical ingenuity to sidestep those outrageous dichotomies we discussed in chapter 7? Men it comes to identity, for instance, is it possible to safeguard beneficial uses of secrecy without sheltering harmful acts and evil men?