"Removing anonymity would remove the mob mentality effect, and allow us to exploit the power of this type of technology for good purpose."
The fact that some innocent people got undeserved attention is hardly a convincing reason to do away with anonymous free speech.
If you want to talk about a "lynch mob" mentality, look at what happens to people who dare question the politically correct orthodoxy in this country. Dr. James Watson, a Nobel Prize winning geneticist lost his job and position on the board of directors at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory because he made some politically incorrect comments about race and genetic differences. The guy was an EXPERT in the field of genetics but was persecuted for saying something that the witch hunters didn't want to hear.
Two high school students in FL posted a YouTube video where they made "racist" comments and had to be taken out of their school because they were getting death threats.
As long as people are going to be subjected to reprisal and violence for speaking unpopular opinions, we need anonymous free speech.
That's terrible. We really should look into that... death threats are not ok. Who were the people who made the death threats?
Oh, right. We don't know, because they were made anonymously.
Reminds me of a lecture I heard recently, talking about a woman who was being stalked by her ex-boyfriend. They were attempting to make the point that she needed privacy protection to keep her safe.
All I could think is, restricting access to this lady's information isn't going to stop him from sitting in his car and following her. It might make things a little more difficult, but only marginally.
On the other hand, if this lady had access to pervasive surveillance infrastructure, she would KNOW when her creepy ex was following her. She would know that she should stay close to others, not wander off alone, perhaps alert others that she felt in danger, or leave the area entirely if she felt it was justified.
The whole argument is backwards.