[LINK] Message Classifiers for Humans
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Tue Nov 22 11:57:51 AEDT 2011
It would be handy to have a standard vocab that declares what the
sender of a message does and doesn't want the recipients of the
message to do with it.
Stanford Centre for the Internet and Society (CIS) has announced a
provider-specific implementation of a 'vocabulary' and icons.
The categories need thinking about:
(To me, the icons are rather unclear; but they're not what matters).
Privicons Released: A User-to-User Email Privacy Tool
November 21, 2011 - 3:04pm
We're thrilled to announce the release of Privicons for Google
Chrome, a tool for helping users deal with email carelessness:
innocent misunderstandings and omissions about email privacy, like
unwanted forwards or reply-alls, that embarrass the person whose
email is passed along without permission.
The Privicons project is an international collaboration among
lawyers, privacy researchers, computer scientists, and designers
based at Stanford and in Europe, all working to reduce the harms of
email carelessness through cross-disciplinary application of design
principles, human-computer interaction research, and legal concepts.
Privicons isn't like technical privacy solutions that use code to
lock down communications. Instead, drawing on the work of Jonathan
Zittrain, Lauren Gelman, and other privacy scholars, Privicons
relies on norms-based social signals to influence users' choices
about privacy. To convey these signals, Privicons uses a vocabulary
of icons that clearly communicate email senders' privacy
expectations. With the new Privicons plugin for Chrome, Gmail users
can select from a list of these icons and attach them to their
emails, unobtrusively but noticeably. (A Firefox plugin is next.)
When recipients see these icons, we expect that many of them,
motivated by neighborliness and their understanding of social norms,
will comply with their peers' wishes and expectations.
Lauren Weinstein isn't impressed:
>Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2011 16:31:24 -0800
>To: privacy-list at vortex.com
>From: PRIVACY Forum mailing list <privacy at vortex.com>
>Subject: [ PRIVACY Forum ] Stanford's "Privicons" "email privacy
>I am basically not impressed by such schemes. My suspicion is that
>such "signals" will be overused by senders (often for bad reasons) and
>largely ignored by recipients (often for good reasons). I'll elaborate
>on this later as appropriate.
>Lauren Weinstein (lauren at vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren
>Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org
> - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org
> - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org
> - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com
>Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
>Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800 / Skype: vortex.com
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