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Re: [web-annotation] Privacy Interest Group (PING) review

From: Dan Whaley via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:42:57 +0000
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Another way to think about this distinction:

"Publishing" is the act of making something "Public" to some group, 
i.e. "Known" to that group. So, preferences that page owners might 
signal to annotation services probably should revolve probably 
primarily around the notion of publishing-- just as @BigBlueHat has 

In other words, it doesn't make sense for a page owner to say "You 
can't make a personal annotation here", because no one else will know 
about that annotation, we can't and shouldn't try to limit people's 
freedom to record and think for personal purposes (special note of 
curiosity: some fora, such as special viewing rooms inside congress 
for highly sensitive documents do restrict the ability to bring 
writing implements in) if for no other reason than that there are 
plenty of ways to do that. When you annotate personally, you are 
indeed annotating and not publishing.

A curious middle ground is around groups. I asked one of our 
interviewees recently about whether page owners should have a voice in
 whether their content was annotated within private group, since 
clearly that should be ok, right? She pointed me to the example of 
"Slam Books", which are (or were) apparently a thing in grade school, 
and potentially wider places.

I don't have a personal conclusion here, only just to note that this 
was an interesting consideration that I hadn't thought of before.

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