Spent a delightful few hours this afternoon in Toronto at the International Workshop on Inverse Surveillance: Cameraphones, Cyborglogs, and Computational Seeing Aids; exploring and defining a reearch agenda (there’s a mouthful!). I wasn’t sure if we would be called upon to do formal presentations. We weren’t, so my formal (well, more “dress casual”) presentation went to waste–and I’m not the only one who came with a set of slides. But I prefer informal discussion anyway. I’m still not very good at the social niceties, and should probably not talk as much as I do. As anyone will tell you, when I get excited about something I start to chatter and interupt and forget my manners. Nonetheless, I think it’s an interesting way to get at some ideas.
I may blog more about the content of the workshop in the morning, after I catch up on some much deserved sleep. For now, I’ll touch on what I am working on in this area. Last year, when I led the surveillance seminar, I started assembling notes on ways of attaching privacy preference metadata to real-world communications. The idea was to draw on P3P and Creative Commons as models, and create a way of tagging RL interaction to indicate who should be allowed to copy it and under what circumstances.
Here is a pdf of the presentation, though I fear that without context it might seem pretty ambiguous.
During the discussions, Stephanie Perrin was looking for a replacement for the term “DRM” that focussed on the use of licensing and controls by individuals against corporations and governments (and other individuals, I guess). I’m not sure we need a new term — this bunch, and especially Steve Mann, are serious neologophiles — but if we do, I suggested CRM: Citizens’ Rights Management.
Anyway, time permitting, I’ll have some more notes tomorrow.