A Social Network Users' Bill of Rights

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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.+The closing session for CFP 2010 will be a debate on the Social Network Users' Bill of Rights we've developed during the conference, followed by voting. Voting and discussion will also be held on Facebook and Twitter.
-: -- 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+
-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! +== Speakers ==
-A broadly-recognized social network users' bill of rights would be a huge step forward for online freedom and privacy. For me -- and hundreds of millions of others -- sites like Facebook, Twitter, tribe.net, and free-association are how I stay in touch with friends and family. As Voces Contra Las FARC, Barack Obama, #iranelection, and hundreds of other campaigns have shown, social network sites are also vital for political activism. And yet, today we the users of the sites have only minimal rights. +* [[Speakers#Dorothy Glancy|Dorothy Glancy]]: Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law, CFP2010 co-char
 +* [[Speakers#Closing Plenary: Social network users' bill of rights|Jon Pincus]]: Chief Technology Officer, Qworky, CFP2010 co-chair
-A bill of rights sends a message to sites about what their users expect. With enough momentum, it can give user-focused commercial open-source projects an opportunity to distinguish themselves by adopting the rights -- and highlight the sites who aren't willing to. It's also a way of providing input in the ongoing debates about legislation and regulation. And just as importantly, the discussions around a bill of rights are a great opportunity for education and debate about what kind of online society we want to create.+==Text as agreed during this session==
 +We the users expect social network sites to provide us the following rights in their Terms of Service, Privacy Policies, and implementations of their system:
-CFP provides a unique opportunity to build on the work that's been done so far. We've had in-depth discussions of these issues for years, with participation from all sides in the debate: corporations including Facebook, Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft; privacy and civil liberties organizations like EFF, ACLU, EPIC, and CDT; activists and journalists to bring their perspectives and help get the word out. And with Facebook catalyzing a broad discussion of social networks and privacy, this year's conference is perfectly timed to get media attention.+1. Honesty: Honor your privacy policy and terms of service.
-So let's do it!+2. Clarity: Make sure that policies, terms of service, and settings are easy to find and understand.
-Over the course of the conference, we'll collaboratively draft a proposed ''Social network users' bill of rights'' and circulate it broadly online for discussion and feedback. Panels like ''Privacy and Free Speech: it's good for business'', ''Privacy choices online'', and ''Can an app do that?'' discuss the underlying issues, and the Unconference on Wednesday provides an opportunity to explore specific issues in more detail. We're also adding a session to focus specifically on the bill of rights (probably on Tuesday afternoon); details TBD.+3. Freedom of speech: Do not delete or modify my data without a clear policy and justification.
-In a Birds of a Feather session Thursday night, we'll finalize the wording, and ask for help translating it into different languages and posting it throughout the blogophere as well as 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, streamed live over the internet with a Twitter backchannel.+4. Empowerment : Support assistive technologies and universal accessibility
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 +5. Self-protection: Support privacy-enhancing technologies.
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 +6. Data minimization: Minimize the information I am required to provide and share with others.
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 +7. Control: Let me control my data, and don’t facilitate sharing it unless I agree first.
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 +8. Predictability: Obtain my prior consent before significantly changing who can see my data.
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 +9. Data portability: Make it easy for me to obtain a copy of my data.
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 +10. Protection: Treat my data as securely as your own confidential data unless I choose to share it, and notify me if it is compromised.
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 +11. Right to know: Show me how you are using my data and allow me to see who and what has access to it.
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 +12. Right to self-define: Let me create more than one identity and use pseudonyms. Do not link them without my permission.
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 +13. Right to appeal: Allow me to appeal punitive actions.
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 +14. Right to withdraw: Allow me to delete my account, and remove my data.
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 +== Resources ==
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 +This article by Christina Gagnier also contains the text:
 +http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christina-gagnier/a-social-network-users-bi_b_618124.html
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 +Jon Pincus's original post: http://www.talesfromthe.net/jon/?page_id=3017
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 +The Twitter vote on the text: http://act.ly/23h
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 +President Obama's Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights (PDF): http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/privacy-final.pdf

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The closing session for CFP 2010 will be a debate on the Social Network Users' Bill of Rights we've developed during the conference, followed by voting. Voting and discussion will also be held on Facebook and Twitter.

Speakers

  • Dorothy Glancy: Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law, CFP2010 co-char
  • Jon Pincus: Chief Technology Officer, Qworky, CFP2010 co-chair

Text as agreed during this session

We the users expect social network sites to provide us the following rights in their Terms of Service, Privacy Policies, and implementations of their system:

1. Honesty: Honor your privacy policy and terms of service.

2. Clarity: Make sure that policies, terms of service, and settings are easy to find and understand.

3. Freedom of speech: Do not delete or modify my data without a clear policy and justification.

4. Empowerment : Support assistive technologies and universal accessibility

5. Self-protection: Support privacy-enhancing technologies.

6. Data minimization: Minimize the information I am required to provide and share with others.

7. Control: Let me control my data, and don’t facilitate sharing it unless I agree first.

8. Predictability: Obtain my prior consent before significantly changing who can see my data.

9. Data portability: Make it easy for me to obtain a copy of my data.

10. Protection: Treat my data as securely as your own confidential data unless I choose to share it, and notify me if it is compromised.

11. Right to know: Show me how you are using my data and allow me to see who and what has access to it.

12. Right to self-define: Let me create more than one identity and use pseudonyms. Do not link them without my permission.

13. Right to appeal: Allow me to appeal punitive actions.

14. Right to withdraw: Allow me to delete my account, and remove my data.

Resources

This article by Christina Gagnier also contains the text: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christina-gagnier/a-social-network-users-bi_b_618124.html

Jon Pincus's original post: http://www.talesfromthe.net/jon/?page_id=3017

The Twitter vote on the text: http://act.ly/23h

President Obama's Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights (PDF): http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/privacy-final.pdf