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Facebook messaging system for ever?

From: Rigo Wenning <rigo@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2010 15:39:14 +0100
To: public-privacy@w3.org
Message-Id: <201011161539.14875.rigo@w3.org>
Hi all, 

on the facebook blog, 

someone presenting the new messaging system tells us:
Conversation History
Messages is built for communicating with your friends, so it made sense to 
organize primarily around people.  All of your messages with someone will be 
together in one place, whether they are sent over chat, email or SMS. You can 
see everything you've discussed with each friend as a single conversation.

This raises many questions about the life cycle of conversations and personal 
data. We have penal provisions that prevent others from taping our 
conversations and suddenly, this is not an issue any more because instead of 
taping the conversations, we just remember the bits and bytes of our 
conversations over the internet. 
This is somewhat between letter and spoken word and I think we need a 
fundamental debate on how we approach this new category, which features do we 
need to make people comfortable and to make our systems work as expected. How 
do we prevent the system turning into a giant surveillance machine by 
maintaining the functionality everybody wants. Conversations yes, but 
conversations with controllability? And who can control what when?

More questions than answers.. But the feature will soon be there and many 
people will use it and those who provided the features will not have spent 
more than one or two days thinking about the possible dramatic consequences. 

This topic alone IMHO, merits another workshop...


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