GeekBeacon Fest 2022 - Privacy and Data Ownership Panel

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Panel will kick off on a separate date, to then air on 2022-02-19T00:30:00Z during GeekBeacon Fest 2022 for our Privacy and Data Ownership Panel. You can also see our schedule for the whole festival here.

Our panelists include:
Nixie Pixel - Nixie founded and developed a decentralized gaming distribution platform public benefit company, Equiti Games- in an effort to give game developers and gamers back ownership of their digital assets. Nixie is a tech educator and former host for Discovery Channel, TechTV, G4TV and Youtube. In 2017, she created her own open source community, GeekBeacon – a fellowship of Geeks that share her open source values and dedication toward social good with a total mission over 300,000 strong.

Daliah Saper - Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment, and Business Attorney who founded her namesake law firm, Saper Law, in 2005. Daliah Saper is nationally recognized for drafting and negotiating complex contracts, helping brands protect their trademarks and copyrights online, and litigating cutting-edge cases involving anonymous online defamation, revenge porn, sexting, cyberbullying, and other emerging Internet Law issues.

Sean O’Brien - is a lecturer at Yale Law School and Chief Security Officer at Panquake. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, where he founded and leads the Privacy Lab initiative. Sean is an editor for Talk Liberation and was Head Tutor for the founding cohort of Oxford Cyber Security for Business Leaders.

Der Hans - Hans is chairman of the Phoenix Linux User Group (PLUG), chair for SeaGL Finance committee, founder of SeaGL Career Expo, BoF organizer for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) and founder of the Free Software Stammtisch. Currently a Customer Data Engineer at Object Rocket

The discussion will be in regards to data ownership and privacy, usability of the fediverse (see: https://fediverse.party/ ) and these sources to learn more.
Registered attendees who ask questions will be entered to win a Das Keyboard!

Comment with your data privacy, decentralized net, and Fediverse questions, and we may ask them during the stream! :point_down:

Please submit your questions for the Data and Privacy Ownership panel here.

I’ll start!
Question: How do we reconcile the need for privacy along with the desire for convenience? Is it really a choice when it seems like our fate is pre-determined by the systems pre-loaded into our devices?

How much privacy is enough privacy? From a libertarian point of view, absolute privacy is the only way to go but does that also mean absolute safety? I’m a privacy advocate myself but wondering where the fine line is. Just like NixiePixel said… there’s that same fine line with convenience somewhere…

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How much can we force privacy for ourselves by not handing out real data unless absolutely necessary? Would that change the course? Most people don’t think twice when giving there true info.

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How to simply explain privacy to “normies”, especially younger people? Some don’t even just say they don’t care, but they outright get pissed off if you seem to care, or think you’re some kind of mentally unstable person who thinks the FBI is after them.

There’s a number of technical solutions for data privacy and data ownership. However, they all seem to commonly fail in being adopted by ‘normal’ (non tech) day to day people.

Q: How do we successfully get people to care? Or even understand what the consequences are of oversharing their personal data?
Q: How do we make some of these new technologies usable and visible to people rather than being left as a technical side project for geeks?

Hello. I am here to asks some questions about the fediverse for the panel.

  1. As an end-user, how would you decide which instance is worth joining? How do you know which instances will not disappear from one day to another or that an abusive moderator will not ban you because your opinion differs from theirs or because you support a different political party?

  2. As a new instance administrator, how would you decide which instances to block federation with? You could take a look at another instances blocklist, but that other instance might have different rules, therefore have blocked instances that you wouldn’t have liked to block, or have not blocked instances that you would have liked to block. Some instances do state reasons for blocking other instances, but those reasons are quite generic, and I would like to make up my own mind on which instances I’d like to block. Do I just roll with it and block instances as users of my instance report posts from other instances?

  3. How would the fediverse scale up if a ton of new users were to join some time? As far as I know, Mastodon saves posts from even other instances to the database, so as other instances grow, your database also gets larger.B

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  1. There’s no real answer for this especially since the community varies, and software as well. Mastodon is one of the more popular examples, matrix.org is another. Honestly the big appeal of the fediverse is that you don’t HAVE to join one, you can run your own instance.
  2. Don’t have an answer I’ll let others chime in.
  3. Mastodon is just one implementation. I may be wrong on this but I believe it only saves a copy of the messages that your users interact with. The amount of data will mainly depends on how big your local user database is and how active they are with how many external peers.