Submissions/Wikipedia and the evolving world of privacy regulation

From Wikimania 2014 • London, United Kingdom

After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2014 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this August.

Submission no. 2534
Title of the submission
Wikipedia and the evolving world of privacy regulation
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Author of the submission
bd2412 T
E-mail address
bd2412 T
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

I have recently transitioned into the area of privacy regulation, including such topics as breach notification and data security regimes governing cloud computing. I would be glad to speak about the fast-changing regulatory environment of this area and how it might potentially effect Wikipedia. There are two main areas where privacy comes into play in Wikimedia projects. The first area is in our free content, whether this be in articles that present or assert facts about people, quotation collections attributing quotes to people, or images depicting people. Wikipedia must be careful in the presentation of information, not only to avoid presenting false information, but to avoid providing accurate information that nonetheless violates the privacy rights of a subject. For example, it is generally not appropriate to indicate an article subject's home address or personal telephone number, even if the information can be reliably sourced. The second area is with respect to the private information of our editors. Unlike most commercial concerns, Wikimedia projects are surprisingly good about not seeking identifying data about editors. Editors are not even required to provide an email address, much less to identify their name, age, or location. Nevertheless, Wikimedia should be wary of the occasional tendency of editors to provide public details about themselves on user pages and in discussions, and of ability of outside entities to use mass data analysis techniques to determine the characters of editors.

  • Legal & Free Culture

Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 Minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
I will undoubtedly have slides.
Special requests
None. Note, however, that I have made three proposals, and would likely only be able to present one (whichever one has the most support).

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