Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Wed Apr 8 08:10:06 AEST 2009
[Has anyone looked into this?
Statement of Rights and Responsibilities:
Well, it seems to have disappeared, but *was* linked to from here:
[Can anyone point to a copy anywhere?
[Quick reactions to the process at the end]
by Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Service
Facebook members will get a chance to vote for or against the
company's revised governance documents later this month.
The voting will be held between April 16 and April 23 via a Facebook
application developed by Wildfire, while Ernst & Young will audit the
results, Facebook announced on its official blog.
Facebook gave its 175 million-plus members 30 days to submit feedback
regarding the governing concepts and policies the popular
social-networking site plans to draft and adopt. That feedback period
ended on March 29 and Facebook received comments from fewer than
in February ignited a fierce controversy over concerns the company
was claiming perpetual ownership of all content ever loaded to the
In response to the outcry, CEO Mark Zuckerberg rolled back the
changes but announced that Facebook wanted to do away with its terms
of use statement altogether and draft from scratch new documents for
its governance that are simpler and clearer, taking into account
To that end, Facebook created two "town hall" sections on its site on
Feb. 26 for members to leave ideas and opinions regarding,
respectively, the site's principles-its philosophy and values-and the
site's rights and responsibilities towards its users.
Facebook lawyers, with the help of law students, have been reading
the 3,000-plus comments, and the administrators of the original
feedback in a list of "key concerns," according to Facebook. The
company has also sought input from privacy, copyright, and Internet
"The 30-day comment period for submitting feedback on Facebook's
proposed governance documents has ended, but the opportunities to
help shape the policies that will govern Facebook have only begun,"
wrote Simon Axten, an associate on the Public Policy team, on Friday.
On April 16, the company will post the revised versions of its
Facebook Principles and the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities
(SRR), along with a response to members' main concerns. Voting will
begin that day.
"We encourage you to participate in this vote on our new revised
documents. If it is approved, all future changes to the Statement of
Rights and Responsibilities will go through the same process of
notice and comment," Axten wrote.
Facebook will hold a vote on any proposed change if at least 7,000
members submit comments. The results of the vote will be "advisory"
if less than 30 percent of Facebook active users participate in the
process. If 30 percent or more of active members vote, the results of
the vote will be binding, according to Axten.
"Your continued involvement in this process is crucial, and we want
to thank everyone who has participated so far. We look forward to
taking the next step towards a more democratic system of online
governance," Axten wrote.
[It's neatly designed to prevent calm analysis from having much impact:
1. the time allowed is short
2. the threshholds before they'll think about change are high
3. it therefore takes full advantage of human apathy and ignorance
[But it's valuable that there's at least some transparency.
Roger Clarke http://www.rogerclarke.com/
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