[Wikimedia-l] Geolocalization improvement proposal

Birgitte_sb at yahoo.com Birgitte_sb at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 24 17:58:38 UTC 2012

On Jul 24, 2012, at 11:14 AM, Cristian Consonni <kikkocristian at gmail.com> wrote:

> 2012/7/24  <Birgitte_sb at yahoo.com>:
>> [...] So I definitely believe what it.WM wants to do, to connect people with local events, has real value. And that it has value for the individual people just as much as for it.WM.
> strong +1.
>> The main question is whether the benefit from being able to connect people with local events is worth the risk of collecting more personalized of their data than we are accustomed to handling.
> I could be wrong but I don't think we would "handle more data" than
> what we are doing now. We are not going to use that data and as far as
> I know that data "dies" in the moment the system has output the
> message.

Maybe this is the area that needs more study. And I am probably the wrong person to try and even formulate technical questions, but is there a way to make use of this data without storing it? Without even knowing who recieved what personalized messages, unless, of course,they choose to respond?  There is still the "creep" factor, in that readers of the messages will not necessarily know that it was all handled blindly. However it should technically preserve the reader's privacy, if no person nor computer can recall what messages any person was presented with. And if an FAQ is well-linked, anyone who under the misperception that it was handled invasively can learn how serious we are about the subject.

If such a thing is even possible I suppoose it becomes a sort of philosophical question. If no one nor computer can know whether or not you recieved a personally targeted message is the targeting invasive of your privacy?

Birgitte SB

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