Long time no update, but we’ve been busy!
Today I was on “Interactive Technologies” on Ann Arbor’s 88.3 FM WCBN to discuss online identity and NymRights. Lots of great discussion, even though we only had half an hour. Hopefully we’ll get to discuss things on the show again soon!
Link to the show: http://it.sensoryresearch.net/thoughtconduit/archive?id=1711
Also, wanted to give a shoutout to Dazza Greenwood, for his fantastic work on the “Nym Positive” names policy we’re starting to promote. Remember, it’s on github which means anyone canmake a pull request:
We’re also laying the groundwork for a nym related study:
NymRights will be hosting a local meetup on tuesday, August 27th, at sudo room at 7pm!
The address is 2141 broadway, it’s right near the BART. http://www.sudoroom.org for more details.
Have you tried to teach people about NymRights and gotten the response “What’s a nym”? This info flyer is designed to help explain things. It offers basic definitions, and helps answer some common questions.
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Two upcoming events will feature a NymRights related talk:
OHM2013 (Netherlands): July 31-August 4
“The Secret of Nym”: There is currently an effort in many countries to create an identity registry for internet use. In this talk we’ll discuss the newly formed organization, Nym Rights, created to empower people rather than control them. We’ll also explore the nature of names and identity, work to dispel various myths about why people use names online, and show how you can join the effort for free speech and self-expression.
DragonCon (Atlanta, GA): August 30-Sep 2
NymRights panel with lawyer Sarah Downey. Title TBA
Some of us will be at the Internet Identity Workshop (May 7-9) and the IDESG plenary (May 9-10) this week in the South Bay. Come join us and chat about nym stuff!
Also, if you can make the IDESG plenary, we will be presenting several nym related Use Cases to the Standards Committee.
We joined Dazza Greenwood and company for a 30 minute discussion yesterday. Topics included a history of nymwars, the law regarding names, and “what is a real name?”
We had a NymRights meeting this past saturday, and wound up covering a lot of important topics.
- I’ve been talking with Burning Man about their names policy for their Profiles page. It turns out they are open to discussion, so we are now working with them to create a better policy.
- We’ve decided to create a few use cases for nyms to present at the next IDESG plenary. The use cases we’re covering are “playanyms” (for Burning Man), “gaming avatars”, “adult viewing”, and “human rights issues.” All of those are important, and will set the groundwork for more ideas and education.
- Started editing the Wiki for use cases: https://www.idecosystem.org/wiki/Use_Cases
- We’ve also decided to change the name of the in-NSTIC group name from “Nym Rights” to “Nym Issues.” This comes after feedback that NymRights takes a position, while Nym Issues is a more neutral term.
- Finally, we came up with a list of people to reach out to for the next IDESG plenary.
It was a great time, and hopefully we’ll be doing another one next month!