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A Bill of Rights for Users of the Social Web

A Bill of Rights for Users of the Social Web
Authored by Joseph Smarr, Marc Canter, Robert Scoble, and Michael Arrington
September 4, 2007

We publicly assert that all users of the social web are entitled to certain fundamental rights, specifically:

  • Ownership of their own personal information, including:
    • their own profile data
    • the list of people they are connected to
    • the activity stream of content they create;
  • Control of whether and how such personal information is shared with others; and
  • Freedom to grant persistent access to their personal information to trusted external sites.

Sites supporting these rights shall:

  • Allow their users to syndicate their own profile data, their friends list, and the data that’s shared with them via the service, using a persistent URL or API token and open data formats;
  • Allow their users to syndicate their own stream of activity outside the site;
  • Allow their users to link from their profile pages to external identifiers in a public way; and
  • Allow their users to discover who else they know is also on their site, using the same external identifiers made available for lookup within the service.

Other early supporters include:

- Mary Hodder

- Drummond Reed

- Ben Metcalfe

- Kaliya Hamlin

- Dick Hardt

- Dan Farber

- Simon Grice

- Loic Le Meur

- David Berlind

- Jemima Kiss

- Euan Semple

- Diego Doval

- John McCrea

- Sean Bohan

- Auren Hoffman

- Christopher Allen

- Chris Pirillo

- Adrianna Lukas

- Jeremiah Owyang

- Stowe Boyd

- Dan Gillmor

- Paolo Valdemarin

- Phil Pearson

- David Levitt

- Emily Chang

- Lee Wilkins

- Mathijs van Abbe

We’ve have a bunch of big stakeholders showing up for the DataSharingSummit and we’ll be meeting with as many major social networks as we can – more or less demanding that they agree to and support these notions.

Lots of our early supporters have been bringing up good issues to tweak the language – and that’s what we need – consensus. So stay tuned – this is just the first draft.

In case its not clear – this is what I’ve been talking about for years and the time has come to demand our rights!

Joseph has a blog post on this – as well. Robert too.

Date: Tuesday, September 4th, 2007 | Time: 11:19 pm
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