Privacy Icons Legal Hackathon

Unattributed, Center for Internet, Nov 02, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Related to the link below, we are slowly moving from a world in which information is mostly communicated by text to a world in which we use a much richer set of audio and visual cues. As mentioned in the article below, controls for different appliances are represented visually. Meanwhile, this post talks about reducing the dense legalese of website privacy policies to a series of standard (and clear) icons. "Let's make it easier for users to understand the most meaningful things a website does with their data. To accomplish this Disconnect is hosting a project to crowd-source -- think Wikipedia -- turning websites' privacy policies into a set of Creative Commons licensed privacy icons. The project also will publicly launch with an API so that any developer can build tools using the icons and crowd-sourced data."

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