Date of Award

8-2015

Document Type

Capstone-Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Program Name

Information Technology

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Novadean Watson-Stone

Abstract

Anonymous networks provide users the opportunity to navigate the internet anonymously by adding additional connections between client and server that mask the users IP address and provide other layers of security that protect user identities while navigating the web. With this technology also come ramifications when criminals use the technology to cover their tracks. This paper will provide insight to digital anonymity as well as review previous research conducted on the subject. The United Stated Government and law enforcement agencies have made great strides in combatting crimes conducted over anonymous networks. The purpose of this study is to determine if the United States Government and law enforcement agencies are adequately prepared to combat crimes conducted over anonymous networks. This research also contains a survey polling willing participants on topics of digital anonymity to include personal experiences and opinions on issues surrounding this topic. The survey will be used to determine if U.S. citizens believe that anonymizing technologies should be federally regulated. It will also determine if the participants feel that regulating such a technology infringes on their constitutional right to privacy.

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