Bringing trolls into the daylight

Earlier this year, ECS commissioned the University of Lancaster to consider the future of ethics across some key areas in society. One fascinating suggestion was that all social media accounts should, in the future, require confirmation of the user's identity.

Existing technology makes this not only possible but straightforward. Anyone who has opened a bank account recently with the likes of Starling or Monzo will know how simple it is: everything online and confirmation of identity in minutes.

Facebook have proven unwilling to effectively control their platform's content. Perhaps it's time to make the originators of the content visible and accountable. If we did, how much abuse, intimidation, false information and downright criminal behaviour might be curtailed?