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As Mcluhan would say:'the effects are here, the cause is on the way' i.e. a flipping point very fast:)
Lets just hope that the computers don't take over the world in a few hours, though I admit to a conservative estimate!

I don't think it's a case of computers taking over the world. It's more like having the power to communicate freely everywhere and leave traces of that communication when you are done.

Along with that new freedom will come new responsibilities, you will be held responsible for what you say and anonymity will be viewed like wearing a mask in public. Anonymous comments and messages will be filtered and disregarded by more sophisticated networks.

I see an increased use of reputation systems, like the ones on ebay. Newbies are watched carefully and receive little credit, credence or trust until they have built a reputation.

I could also see the appearance of "troll databases". If someone has a long history of disreputable or off-topic comments, or a history of spamming, they could become part of someone's "troll database."

Since these would probably be shared widely, and would contain IP addresses, they would have a definite affect on the value of those IP addresses.

I think that now more than ever, Honesty is indeed the best policy. But one has to be prepared to stick to one's guns and be prepared to pay the price:)
"To thine own self be true"!

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