A ReadWriteWeb piece on Privacy in an Age of Public Living: Google and Tor discusses Tor, which is a privacy enhancing technology (or PET) that allows people to surf anonymously.
It looks like Google is offering a degree of support to that project. There’s no doubt that for people living in oppressive regimes Tor is really important. Though it does raise the question, what if we all started using it? Who would this bother, and who would it serve? I wonder what advantages I get from not surfing anonymously that I would lose if I were to hide my IP address every time I went online. I can’t think of any, and yet I can’t see myself going to the trouble to use Tor either. I wonder why.