13 April, 2011

Voting on Social Network Users’ Bill of Rights

SXSW panel kicked this off. Here's the voting on the each right - taken from Jon Pincus's Liminal States blog:
41 yes 0 no Honesty: Honor your privacy policy and terms of service
41 yes 0 no Clarity: Make sure that policies, terms of service, and settings are easy to find and understand
41 yes 0 no Freedom of speech: Do not delete or modify my data without a clear policy and justification
33 yes 4 no Empowerment : Support assistive technologies and universal accessibility
35 yes 2 no Self-protection: Support privacy-enhancing technologies
37 yes 3 no Data minimization: Minimize the information I am required to provide and share with others
39 yes 1 no Control: Let me control my data, and don’t facilitate sharing it unless I agree first
39 yes 1 no Predictability: Obtain my prior consent before significantly changing who can see my data.
38 yes 0 no Data portability: Make it easy for me to obtain a copy of my data
39 yes 0 no Protection: Treat my data as securely as your own confidential data unless I choose to share it, and notify me if it is compromised
36 yes 2 no Right to know: Show me how you are using my data and allow me to see who and what has access to it.
24 yes 13 no Right to self-define: Let me create more than one identity and use pseudonyms. Do not link them without my permission.
35 yes 1 no Right to appeal: Allow me to appeal punitive actions
37 yes 1 no Right to withdraw: Allow me to delete my account, and remove my data

So it’s in general overwhelmingly positive: five rights are unanimous, and another eight at 89% or higher. The one exception: the right to self-define, currently at about 65%. As I said in a comment on the earlier thread, this right is vital for people like whistleblowers, domestic violence victims, political dissidents, closeted LGBTQs. I wonder whether the large minority of people who don’t think it matters are thinking about it from those perspectives.

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