[WikiEN-l] Privacy Study Looking for Volunteers

geni geniice at gmail.com
Tue Mar 31 11:06:16 UTC 2015

On 30 March 2015 at 16:00, Brian J Mingus <brian.mingus at colorado.edu> wrote:

> I propose we run a study. We will survey random editors and ask them if
> they realize that there is a chance they are leaking enough information for
> their identity to be revealed. *Even if they are logged in.*

What exactly do you hope to learn?

> Regarding comparisons - institutions have structure, and if there is a
> structure mapping, then it's a matter of fact. A given mapping will have
> strengths and weaknesses. You may prefer one mapping to another. If you
> have reasons for preferring one mapping (other than that it offends you),
> I'm all ears. But be aware: simply changing the vocabulary that you use to
> describe the space doesn't mean that two different descriptions of
> institutions aren't in fact describing a construct that is more similar
> than different, or that is similar in important ways.
> This is all to say, there are often reasons that institutions like the NSA
> and WMF are structured the way they are. Given the investment in the topic,
> it's probably worth exploring how the institutional structures emerged. But
> given the investment, confirmation bias may prevail in this case: even if
> there are important similarities, nobody wants to look like a hypocrite.

What does this have to do with anything?


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