Key takeways from Privacy Camp

Here’s everybody takeaways from the closing session — apologies in advance to anybody I missed:

  • international privacy law
  • how complex hybrid objects are
  • acceptance of Facebook hegemony
  • user expectation tradeoff of giving up privacy to get free things
  • you’ll never get a roomful of people to agree what kinds of permissions are necessary to transfer information to third parties
  • even if i were god of social networks i’m not sure just what’s right on privacy
  • there’s a big disparity between the privacy people want, what they get, and what they perceive they’re getting
  • different levels of privacy people get and how hard it is to synthesize to one-click
  • conflicts between wanting to innovate and wanting to innovate intelligently
  • challenges and complexity of testing good privacy practices that are easy to understand
  • there’s a lot of people who i agree with that i disagree with
  • tension between wanting people to share info and privacy
  • a lot of opportunity for products that protect people’s privacy
  • tensions between privacy and identity
  • looking at what your friends reveal about your privacy via facebook — use social networks to defend privacy
  • very daunted by the identity challenge. very much believe in the approach of multiple identities of different strengths for different purposes but see
  • the drive to the stronger aggregated identity.  is there a way to reverse that?
  • importance of maintaining user promise and not breaking user expectation — bad behavior by some actors has poisoned the well for others
  • opportunities in so many different areas.  how to harness energy?
  • human relationships are a lot more complicated than we thought they were.  not sure what we want, but it’s not what we have right now
  • we’ve gone from using a service to being the product.  so i’m going to think about what it means to be a product
  • we all agree that privacy has some value.  the value we put on it in this room may be different than others.  over the next few years, what monetary value will we put on it?
  • if you put 10 people in a room, you get 12 different definitions of privacy.  the online environment is increasingly concerned with what info Facebook gets about you from other people
  • from an activism perspective, focus on the community on one or two things — rallying cry, win a victory
  • in our group this morning, we couldn’t even agree on what a profile is, let alone what i could take with me.  we need some working groups to clarify
  • the difference between Faceook and Google is that FB has the assumption of personal investment and your personal life.  so even though there’s possibly more data in Google, FB feels more violating
  • notion of “guest developers”, trusted people like EFF getting special access to an API
  • i feel very strongly that you should be able to control your data, and move it … but what’s your data, and what’s your friends’ data?  it’s a two-edged sword, don’t know how to square the circle
  • thinking about data portability
  • the gap is widening between our ability to manage and control this as a society and the amazingly fast business and technical innovation.  consumers who are willing and able to understand will have better outcomes.  education, starting in the elementary schools
    negative discussion about anonymity, especially from privacy folks, was very intereting
  • craig’s comments gave me a real sense of the openness of the future and the potential for change
  • there’s a great potential for privacy and security products still to be built out there
  • interesting apps and platform ideas on how to protect privacy (however it might be defined).  start promoting those things and let users choose.  maybe next year we’ll be talking about privacy apps
  • tremendous interest in looking at privacy solutions — and it seems to be tremendously difficult
  • language around data portability is confused and incoherent
  • people believe what people say more than what they do
  • still confusion around identity and reputation, no surprise there.  what did surprise me was the real concern about Facebook’s hegemony and moving the goal posts.  consumer eduction will move the center
  • want to echo craig’s comments: i really want to do something about this
  • now’s the time — people care about it, and there are lots of promising opportunities
  • the people at privacy camp are the right people.  seeing the ideas that came out today and the way it moved in a progressive way

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2 Responses

  1. Aaron Sylvan says:

    Very nice… we’ve copied this file and included it in the internal guidelines we’re using for developing TrustWorks v2.0!

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