A Social Network Users' Bill of Rights

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-: Social media services like this reached critical mass based on an important promise: that we, the users, choose what to share and who to share it with. But Facebook and some other leading services have been breaking that promise. Terms of use are no protection at all. We need a Social Media Users' Bill of Rights.+: It is up to each and every one of us to insist on our online rights, whether by voicing protests or building communities with services that respect our rights. Remember: We are the Web.
-: -- Jack Lerner and Lisa Borodkin, [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/05/21/EDMT1DHE16.DTL We, the users], May 19+: -- Jack Lerner and Lisa Borodkin, [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/05/21/EDMT1DHE16.DTL We, the users -- Facebook Users' Bill of Rights], May 21
-Also in May, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Mark Sullivan of PC World also proposed bills of rights. Clearly, there's something in the air! And with Facebook sparking a broad discussion of social networks and privacy, CFP's perfectly timed to develop the idea.+That same week in May, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Mark Sullivan of PC World also proposed bills of rights ([http://www.pcworld.com/article/196798/a_bill_of_rights_for_facebook_users.html 1], [http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/05/bill-privacy-rights-social-network-users 2]). Clearly, there's something in the air! And with Facebook sparking a broad discussion of social networks and privacy, CFP's perfectly timed to develop the idea.
-Over the course of the conference, there will be plenty of opportunity to discuss the idea of a bill of rights for social network user -- in person in San Jose, and online. We'll start with a session on Tuesday afternoon+Over the course of the conference, we'll collaboratively draft a proposed ''Social network users' bill of rights'' and circulate it broadly for discussion and feedback. Panels like ''Privacy and Free Speech: it's good for business'', ''Privacy choices online'', and ''Can an app do that?'' will give plenty of opportunity to explore the underlying issues; we're also adding a session on Tuesday afternoon to focus specifically on the bill of rights.
-Thursday night, we'll draft a candidate version, and ask for help translating it into different languages and posting it on Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo!, Orkut, Buzz, and elsewhere for discussion. At the Friday afternoon plenary, Professor Dorothy Glancy will lead a session of debate and voting.+Thursday night, we'll finalize our wording, and ask for help translating it into different languages and posting it on Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo!, Orkut, Buzz, and elsewhere for discussion. At the Friday afternoon plenary, Professor Dorothy Glancy will lead a session of debate and voting.

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It is up to each and every one of us to insist on our online rights, whether by voicing protests or building communities with services that respect our rights. Remember: We are the Web.
-- Jack Lerner and Lisa Borodkin, We, the users -- Facebook Users' Bill of Rights, May 21

That same week in May, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Mark Sullivan of PC World also proposed bills of rights (1, 2). Clearly, there's something in the air! And with Facebook sparking a broad discussion of social networks and privacy, CFP's perfectly timed to develop the idea.

Over the course of the conference, we'll collaboratively draft a proposed Social network users' bill of rights and circulate it broadly for discussion and feedback. Panels like Privacy and Free Speech: it's good for business, Privacy choices online, and Can an app do that? will give plenty of opportunity to explore the underlying issues; we're also adding a session on Tuesday afternoon to focus specifically on the bill of rights.

Thursday night, we'll finalize our wording, and ask for help translating it into different languages and posting it on Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo!, Orkut, Buzz, and elsewhere for discussion. At the Friday afternoon plenary, Professor Dorothy Glancy will lead a session of debate and voting.