I started this group because I wanted a place to talk about all the weird ethical baggage of the digital spaces we engage in and with in a meaningful way across discplines. I want to do some collaborative online experimental workshop type things with people in various places, discplines to think through some of our common practices because I think it's fun, and I like to play with other people.
As an example, the first workshop is up!
One of the things I've been thinking about are "clickwrap" agreements. Clickwrap is basically when you mark the check box that says you agree to the terms on a website. It is a non-negotiable, legally binding contract, which is strange. I came to be interested in this through a summer project I completed at Microsoft Research New England on MOOCs (the public talk is available for vieweing here. Ignore the crazy hair, it was a long (and amazing) summer and my mentor took me to a bar the night before).
While the focus of my project was MOOCs, most sites that we participate on and contribute to have terms that remove ownership in meaningful ways from the original producer of the content, without any means of negotiating or having visibility on what is happening once the content has been submitted to digital space. I think that we can do better though. So I created a document on an etherpad that with my first draft thoughts on what a content ownership agreement that is more ethical or more respectful of creator/submitter ownership might look like.