Mother. Fucker. Remember those CCPA scam emails (I wrote about at https://blog.freeradical.zone/post/ccpa-scam-2021-12/)? Well, if you got one, turns out you were the unwitting participant in a human subject research study by Princeton University (see https://privacystudy.cs.princeton.edu).
If you lost any sleep or money dealing with this, they're the ones who owe it to you.
@pluralistic This seems like something you'd be interested in. The short version is that Princeton and Radboud Universities sent scary-sounding CCPA compliance emails to a lot of test subjects who didn't volunteer to participate in their research, including lots of Mastodon admins.
Please contact the lead researcher for this study, Ross Teixeira (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you have any questions, believe you received an email in error, or would like to opt out of any future communication related to the study. The additional members of the study team are Professor Jonathan Mayer at the Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy and Professor Gunes Acar at the Radboud University Digital Security Group.
What do you think of this then:
> Did an Institutional Review Board consider this study?
> We submitted an application detailing our research methods to the
> Princeton University Institutional Review Board, which determined that
> our study does not constitute human subjects research. The focus of
> the study is understanding website policies and practices, and emails
> associated with the study do not solicit personally identifiable
We submitted an application detailing our research methods to the Princeton University Institutional Review Board, which determined that our study does not constitute human subjects research.
imagine thinking that sending email - inherently a human-based communication medium - did not involve human subjects!
"we were only contacting websites! we were framed!"
Princeton is trash.
Just like the Linux hypocrite commits "study" was a case of humanity-erasure of Linux kernel developers by the researchers.
They focus on the "product", and fail to understand the community and humanity behind it. I feel this is inherently tied to lack of experience with open communities, and lack of recognition that they *are different* to companies running a service.
the tragedy is that with 8 bln of souls around, practices, ideologies, mindsets etc that treat people as things have an operational advantage
it will take an enormous rebooting of the humanistic frame to resolve this
On a side note Carpe Jugulum is an interesting exploration of the idea of consent. Not just Vampires harassing girls, but on the idea of governing through fear and calling it a partnership and claiming they cooperate with their citizens. Not just a funny book about vampire tropes. It really resonates with me at the moment.
@onepict Agree entirely.
FWIW, I've charted this conversation, and will continue to update the chart periodically:
This Mastodon instance is for people interested in technology. Discussions aren't limited to technology, because tech folks shouldn't be limited to technology either!