As I have highlighted in another thread (connective world), identity is important in network learning. http://ltc.umanitoba.ca/moodle/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=1206
Would we want our coming generation to become a virtual human being without identity? And that “such e-citizen” are not trustworthy? Do we want to educate our children to connect and communicate with others with integrity (trust, honesty, openness with respect)? Do we wish to see each other connecting with a fake identity? There may be good reasons not to expose one’s identity. But in the long run, why?
Can we trust any survey done when it could be done with fake identities? Can we trust scientific study based on digital networks which have fake identities? I suppose any e-surveys can then be made to serve its purpose – with fake results. Fake-in-fake-out!
I can claim to have done all researches and surveys on connectivism, just like the cloning research conducted, which was later found to be fake. Why? Is it because human are selfish? Looking just for fame? Or is it a joke to the whole world? Is it really education? Is that learning?
Would it be disastrous to see this happening?
Take a look at the current terrorist pandemic, is it a result of terrorist networks? How could “human” be identified within such network? Are we really secured under a network learning environment?