The Digital Media Project

 

Source

Martin Springer

Title

TRU #10 to use content anonymously

No.

040229springer01r2

 

Name:

Martin Springer

Affiliation/additional information:

Active Contributor, Luebeck, Germany

Date submitted:

2004/02/29

 

#

Criteria

Description

1.

Name of TRU

TRU to use content anonymously

2.

Summary description of TRU

To use content without revealing the identity of the user

3.

Use records of TRU

  • reading newspapers and books
  • reception of audiovisual works (e.g. using radios and TV sets for broadcasted content or record players, CD players, MP3 players, DVD players for content distributed on physical media)
  • paper reprography and photocopying of a book, an article [1]
  • analog or digital recording of an audiovisual work on a VCR, a tape recorder, a CD burner, a removable memory, a HD...[1]
  • creating artistic works (e.g. texts, pictures, music, movies, sculpture) using parts (e.g. quotes, samples, scenes, segments) of content

4.

Nature of TRU

Both customary and legally supported.
The foundation of this TRU is the respect of privacy and the former impossibility to control acts and uses made at home. The private destination of the usage was supposed not to damage the work exploitation. [1]

5.

Benefits of TRU

Anonymous usage benefit for users is obvious: the ability to control their personal information. However, "It is clear that privacy is about trade offs. The most basic one is between the incentive the subject has to share information, and the incentives she has to hide information" [...] "In fact, individuals are actually less concerned about privacy than what they claim to be. Many are willing to provide very personal information in exchange for small rewards".[2]

6.

Possible digital support

  • Trusted systems
  • Anonymous identities for end user identification

7.

Requirements

  • Informational self-determination
  • Off-line authorisation, authentication and/or identification
  • The maintence of anonymity in the face of the collection and analysis of data which when combined may violate anonymity
  • The user using their choice of trusted authorities

8.

References

[1] - TRU to make personal copy
[2] - Protecting Privacy with Economics: Economic Incentives for Preventive Technologies in Ubiquitous Computing Environments, Alessandro Acquisti UC Berkeley Workshop on Socially-informed Design of Privacy-enhancing Solutions in Ubiquitous Computing Ubicomp 2002