Do Not Track is a technology and policy proposal that enables users to opt out of tracking by websites they do not visit, [...]
Hi Dario, Reid,
This seems sensible enough and proposal #3 is clearly the better
approach. An explicit opt-in opt-out mechanism would not be worth the
effort to build and would become yet another ignored preferences
setting after a few weeks...
A couple of thoughts:
* I understand the reasoning for not using do-not-track headers (#4);
however, it feels a bit odd to say "they probably don't mean us" and
skip them... I can almost guarantee you'll have at least one person
making a vocal fuss about not being able to opt-out without an
account. If we were to honour these headers, would it make a
significant change to the amount of data available? Would it likely
skew it any more than leaving off logged-in users?
* Option 3 does releases one further piece of information over and
above those listed - an approximate ratio of logged in versus
non-logged-in pageviews for a page. I cannot see any particular
problem with doing this (and I can think of a couple of fun things to
use it for) but it's probably worth being aware.
On 13 January 2015 at 07:26, Dario Taraborelli
> I’m sharing a proposal that Reid Priedhorsky and his collaborators at Los Alamos National Laboratory recently submitted to the Wikimedia Analytics Team aimed at producing privacy-preserving geo-aggregates of Wikipedia pageview data dumps and making them available to the public and the research community. 
> Reid and his team spearheaded the use of the public Wikipedia pageview dumps to monitor and forecast the spread of influenza and other diseases, using language as a proxy for location. This proposal describes an aggregation strategy adding a geographical dimension to the existing dumps.
> Feedback on the proposal is welcome on the lists or the project talk page on Meta 
>  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Geo-aggregation_of_Wikipedia_pageviews
>  http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003892
>  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research_talk:Geo-aggregation_of_Wikipedia_pageviews
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