Cool, cool.

In order to participate in the annual conference for digital and online , I have to agree to the Terms of Service of their third-party proprietary service, which demands the rights to do basically anything they want with my profile information, metadata, & whatever I write.

Rights con, indeed. 🤦🏽‍♂️

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😩 8 weeks after letting them know, still no changes to these terms. Apparently protecting digital just aren't that important to . 🕵🏽

More hypocrisy from . Their emails are sent through third-party newsletter surveillance company "Engaging Networks". The trackers are disclosed in the footer but they falsely state that it is not a third party, and (only) the "opt out" link returns a 404 error.

@chadmccullough I don't think it's malicious per se, just disappointing. I know the vendor in question providing this service and it's the standard terms they use for everyone. I guess I just had higher expectations for an event like RC.

@downey
So do we infer that any one who does participate in this conference is just performatively claiming to care about digital human rights?

Or is it just incompetence on the part of the organisers?

@onepict I can't speak to what is surely a wide variety of attendees. But I know for a fact that many if not most nonprofits (especially those with corporate/large donors) often don't fully embrace (live) the values they claim to "fight" for...

@downey
I mean I get its hard for conferences, I spoke at LCA and I knew Google and IBM were sponsoring. But that was for a Linux conf.

This is a conference about human rights and you have Zoom?, Facebook. Then the 3rd party proprietary data stealing?

With the subject matter, I'm disappointed they didn't hold themselves to a higher standard. I suspect they were too far down the line to change.

@onepict 💯 and I'm not surprised. But I'm disappointed. The vendor is a small company and wouldn't have to go through much legal hurdle if the organizers insisted it mattered to them. AFAIK there are no business models at play here that are designed to monetize the data they collect -- just standards and norms that (at least many) attendees are advocating against...

@downey @onepict

So next time someone who is a good speaker and expert in the field of data privacy might squeeze in as the Keynote Presenter and after a couple mins. of intro start off with a "... and now we will go step by step through a showcase and demonstrate how wrongfooted and misguided it can get".

Then they pick up a mirror, hold it in front of the organizer standing next to them and say "Look into this mirror and tell me what you see.."

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