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Submissions/Do editors have a right on privacy?

From Wikimania 2012 • Washington, D.C., USA

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2012.

Submission no.


Title of the submission

Do editors have a right on privacy?

Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)


Author of the submission

Markus Glaser

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Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)

University of Konstanz

Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

While Wikipedia and its sister projects are public in nature, there is a considerable part of at least semi-private communication going on aside the main content, e.g. on discussion pages, in the project namespaces, etc. And, of course, on Commons there's a lot of person related data. But privacy, as long as it does not touch any people mentioned in articles, does not seem to be a big issue in the current discussions around. I want to change that and raise some awareness. My main topics include:

  • Protecting the privacy of others: While I have some control over what data I reveal of myself, there's absolutely no control over what others say about me. This is also true in the WM context.
  • Getting rid of too personal content: What are the processes and technical means to protect private data and remove it from the net? Are we currently only hiding it in the version history?
  • Analysis of private data within MediaWiki: How can we use MediaWiki to analyze private data? Do we have to rethink tools like "User Contributions"?
  • Potential misuse for censorship: With stronger privacy tools and policies there is always the danger of someone misusing this for censorship purposes. How can we avoid that?

In my presentation I will explore the areas of privacy sensitive content in WM projects. I will then show what a person can do to hide / remove this content if they believe their privacy to be affected and try to point out where the process can be improved. Let's get WM projects to be on a par with up to date privacy standards of other platforms!

  • WikiCulture and Community; Research, Analysis, and Education
Length of presentation/talk

25 Minutes

Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?

Probably yes

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