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Re: Network Opacity Re: Breaches of Privacy are what will drive change

From: Karl Dubost <karl@la-grange.net>
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 06:48:33 -0400
Cc: "'Oshani Seneviratne'" <oshani@csail.mit.edu>, <public-xg-socialweb@w3.org>
Message-Id: <B3C4ABFD-70E0-42FA-924E-74BED8F27335@la-grange.net>
To: Christine Perey <cperey@perey.com>

Le 10 juil. 2009 à 03:31, Christine Perey a écrit :
> Are you proposing, for purpose of clarification, a change in the  
> name of the
> Privacy Task Force to "Personal (or Social) Data Sharing and Data  
> Usage
> Policies" Task Force?

Data Sharing and Data Usage Policies Task Force


>> Privacy is then something which depends heavily on a cultural  
>> context.
>> Most of the stories that we will get will have a very western
>> viewpoint.
>
> What, if anything, can/needs to be done to adjust/alleviate this  
> issue of
> cultural bias?


The goal of the task force should be about

	Identifying the (existing and missing) tools for sharing data online.

These tools include technical access (settings for sharing for  
example, export formats) AND data usage (what policies, licenses,  
etc.) A license is a tool.

I'm trying to avoid the debates "it is a good or bad for privacy." (I  
have my own bias)
I'm more interested by "the users should be able to do this kind of  
control on his data."

Example:
	A user should be able to leave his/her Web site accessible
	to the public but to block the indexing by search bots.
	(Tumblr has a limited feature but going in the right direction.)
	http://www.la-grange.net/2009/04/03/tumblr-searchengine

The why the user should be able to do that or why it is good or not  
for privacy is not important. It just gives more possibilities for the  
users.

> Will this cultural bias not always be an issue with user stories?

Yes they do, but user stories are *tools* for helping us to find the  
actions which are missing. Once the tool is being created, it will  
apply to many user stories even those we had not imagined. That  
doesn't remove the fact that there are cases we will have forgotten to  
cover (nobody's perfect).

> We can hide/ignore it (maybe too late for that ;-) or try to address  
> it.

We can address it by giving a really technological sense to it and  
avoid moral debates on their virtues.


> Can the SWXG directly call upon the people who run social networks in
> Russia/Eastern Europe, China, Japan, South Africa today and request  
> that
> they provide user stories? or do we need to push the time when the  
> issue is
> addressed to another level (and write in the SWXG report recommend  
> that the
> Working Group must take some steps to expand or include other  
> cultures)?

This will help us to identify more user stories calling for tools we  
had not imagined.


> Or add yet another classification to the template?
>
> This leads down the very slippery slope of classifying cultures  
> (e.g., on
> user story A-D in the template Culture: "Very Western", on user  
> story E-G in
> the template Culture: "a little Western", on user story H-N in the  
> template
> Culture: Oppressed????)?


We must not :) says the strange multicultural animal that I am.

-- 
Karl Dubost
Montréal, QC, Canada
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