Re: Location services and age limit Re: Location in the news

I'm sorry, I missed some of your presentation during the privacy 
meeting, but I'm really lost as to what you want or are trying to 
achieve - but I really do want to understand your position. You lashing 
out at techies and companies is not helpful and puts us all on the 
defensive (I'm a techie at one of those companies:(). So, lets not go 
down that path. Lets start again by clearly articulating what the 
problem is without getting frustrated.

Can you please,

1. Define the problem.

2. Present some clear evidence there is a problem (particularly 
regarding the technology, and evidence that the technology is being used 
in some malicious way to undermine privacy).

3. Propose some solutions or some ideas which we may discuss - 
particularly cases where things have worked or failed.

Kind regards,

On 8/2/10 11:52 PM, John Carr wrote:
> I'm not "blaming" the API. That's a bit pointless now. That's done. We need
> to find a solution, but look at what happened with Buzz, look at what is
> happening with StreetView, collecting data on wifi routers in people's
> homes, the twists and turns of Facebook's privacy settings.
> Now tell me why I should feel confident that these guys who run these
> companies and the techies they employ have any real sense of social
> responsibility? We need to get past the "Hey Dude. Look what I can do. Bet
> we can make a few bucks with this. Let's give it a whirl." mentality. Some
> of these wizard techie things should not be launched until the ideas are
> fully baked and the consequences are fully thought through.
> And by the way  " It takes time, people get hurt, but it will happen." kind
> of says it all. Do you feel no responsibility to try to avoid people getting
> "hurt"? Or must we simply bend to the will of the new techno Masters of the
> Universe? I don't think so.
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> To: John Carr
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> Subject: Location services and age limit Re: Location in the news
> (better subject for the mail)
> About accessing location services for people who are under 18.
> 1. Blaming the API doesn't solve the issue.
> 2. Location services for children can be useful. "I'm lost in this street
> far away from home, how can I go back home?"
> 3. Location racking services on children might be helpful (good angels
> caring) and dangerous (hunters).
> There might be different ways of addressing these.
> * There could be different set of features depending on the age of the user.
> * Certification of ages online is not done and brings a ton of other issues
> such as
>    * privacy (when I enter in a bakery somewhere I do not have to give my
> age, my name or my address).
>    * reliability (I do not know a good system which associate a digital
> identity to the person behind the computer. Identification system in the
> physical world do not rely *only* on the fact that you have an ID card but
> that this ID card that you are showing *here* is physically associated to
> you and the identification bit is often… the picture.)
> * Change of social norms. It takes time, people get hurt, but it will
> happen.
> For me part of the answer is that carriers should make their celltowers
> location database and broadcasting completely open. So people devices could
> locate themselves without having to be hooked to a carrier.
> What does it give? An additional layer of opacity. A geo service could send
> all the geo-tiles of a place and your location could be calculated on the
> device without having to broadcast it OR You could download maps of an area
> without having to rely on a live geo service.
> This could also create plenty of new services, devices, applications that
> people could develop (ecosystem being improved, good for the market as
> large)
> BUT this would require a big shift for business people and maybe
> infrastructure (weakness of this proposal).

Marcos Caceres
Opera Software

Received on Tuesday, 3 August 2010 05:46:20 UTC