>All this makes sense to me, but if anonymity is such a valuable idea, we
>don't need fancy electronic meetings rooms, we could have been doing this
>with with low-tech devices all along.
One thing "high" tech gives us is the immediate feedback. We could have
all typewritten our ideas and handed them in, to be read aloud. With
appropriate technology, you can see your idea in front of people
instantly. There is less potential for filtering by human hands.
All of it ultimately seems to get down to "trust in the system"... whether
the system is human or "human with technology". Perhaps in a human system
that isn't trusted, the technology can add an edge which allows ideas to
be more safely expressed.
Like most things, anonymity isn't always the answer... but it might be the
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