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Tim Regester - 06 Mar 2019
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Campfire convention aims to be different, The new site will not track where you are unless you explicitly tell it. It will not link what you read to advertising on other sites. It will not collect your data and tell us what demographic group you are in.

Google is everywhere. It's ubiquitous. Trouble is Google knows too much, it knows what you do, where you are, what you are interested in, what you are looking at buying.

Campfire Convention aims to be different, The new site will not track where you are unless you explicitly tell it. It will not link what you read to advertising on other sites. It will not collect your data and tell us what demographic group you are in, even anonymised.

So I face some challenges in achieving this:

I need to suss out a way of you telling the site and it's members, where you are, but not using Google. Why is that hard, because almost every website outside China is using Google's mapping service called geocoding to turn a postcode or your current IP address into a latitude and longitude and thus pinpoint you. I have to find an alternative service and make it your cholce when to publcise your location and how accurately.

Thankfully I have just spent the weekend at Drupalcamp London, where I asked several trusted friends and new ones I made, for alternate services. These I will now test. The advice btw came from among other places Estonia and Transylvania. 

The other useful service is called Google Analytics, its use to us (Pete, myself and eventually others) is that it informs us what parts of the site work and what do not. It traces your path through the site, what page you arrive on and where you go and importantly where you leave. This is critical to designing and fixing parts of the site that don't work. If every visitor buggers off when they reach a certain page or point in a process, it tells us something is wrong. Again though I have been offered alternatives.

Google Analytics is one of the most important money cows for Google it uses the data for targetted advertising, for Search Engine Optimisation and many other uses that are often only alluded to.

The talk by Shoshana Zuboff was key in explaining why we need to be different. But if we are to help change Society and the World we don't want Big Corporations and Governments knowing our plans.

There are some associated initiatives, the Open Web Privacy Working Group is aimed at setting common standards among Open Source web frameworks (Drupal is one participant along with Joomla and Typo3, two other Content Management systems) with the aim of conforming to set of new privacy standards.

The EU General Data Privacy Regulations encompasses most of these standards, so it is worth Campfire Convention to adhere to these standards from the start.

The Open Web Privacy Working Group principles are here:

Table of Contents

  1. Data minimisation
  2. Data integrity
  3. Purpose minimisation
  4. Lifecycle limitation
  5. Human and technical security measures
  6. Transparency and notice
  7. User participation and rights
  8. Accountability, enforcement, and redress
  9. Choice, control, and consent
  10. Special categories of data
  11. Legal compliance

Your views are important in informing this project so please let me know what you do and don't like or even if it does not go far enough.

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