What's this, SA for LE?
Soon you'll need to be vetted and get a licence as a private sleuth before you'll be allowed to admin your network. Sounds like a good plan, eh. But it gets better.
“What increasing became clear [in my career] is that you had to ask the question at one level up. Do you want anonymity or accountability in certain things on the net?”
Spot the hidden assumption. I say the assumption is wrong. In fact, I also say it's becoming increasingly untenable.
“For internet banking – we want robust authentication. But if I’m engaged in certain kinds of speech I may want anonymity and society should support that anonymity.”
I also want to be able to anonymously transfer monies; if you want to move everybody off physical, cold hard cash, then you'd better make sure that the replacement can be used anonymously, too. How? You figure it out, brainbox.
I don't care in the least that people like this bozo will automatically assume that's not possible. If it isn't now, it's their job to make it possible. Thus we see the fallacy of the hidden assumption above: Authorization, Authentication, and Identification, are not remotely the same thing. Yet here he is, assuming that anonymity necessarily conflicts with authentication.
Which is to say, he's assuming all the world is a cube farm filled with workers wearing badges and the most anonymity he's willing to grant anyone is for the notes stuffed in the "ideas" box. Well, that's just not good enough. Corporations exist to serve the public, not the other way around. Same with government, technology, and so on.
Note that this guy is indeed big corporate and ex-bigwig government. Not exactly someone bent on deploying technology for enabling freedom for citizens.