What's important about the Bill of Rights for Users of The Social Web is the integrity it instills in people populating social sites like Dabble and others around the Web
Berkeley, CA (PRWEB) September 20, 2007
Dabble.com, central hub for finding, sharing and organizing rich media from across the web, today announced it has reached full compliance with the recently-proposed Bill of Rights for Users of The Social Web. The Bill of Rights was authored by technology and web evangelists Marc Canter, Robert Scoble, Mike Arrington and Joseph Smarr in an effort to provide users of social web applications with protections for their personal data. Dabble's Founder, Mary Hodder is the first signatory to the Bill and a long-time advocate for privacy and the integrity of personal data on the web.
Since the company's inception, Dabble's philosophy has reflected Mary's belief that users' right to privacy and their data should be protected to build confidence in the social web. Dabble has gone a step further in its support for the Bill in stating that users are the sole owners of their personal data, granting Dabble and others who reuse data a non-exclusive license to use that data when placed on Dabble.
The changes to Dabble's policies draw a clear distinction between "personal" and "public," or created data on the site. Dabble users can request at any time that their personal and/or public data be removed ("personal data" meaning information such as emails; "public data" pertains to created information on Dabble, such as playlists and collected videos) and to the fullest extent possible, a user's data will be removed from the Dabble system. Dabble will not, under any circumstances, share personal information with third parties without a user's consent.
"What's important about the Bill of Rights for Users of The Social Web is the integrity it instills in people populating social sites like Dabble and others around the Web," said Mary Hodder, Dabble.com's founder. "People want transparency. They want to know their personal data such as email addresses and other identifying information isn't going to be made public or otherwise used for someone else's gains. By letting customers know their data is their own and not ours, we're taking a big step toward generating an environment where people are free to create more--thereby enriching us all--without the fear that they'll lose control of their information or be otherwise exploited."
Users need, as they travel between and participate on sites around the web, to be able to share data, make it searchable elsewhere, make it reusable and remixable, depending on the type of data. And they also need to know they have control over it and can delete it if they desire. Social sites like Dabble need to architect with this understanding.
Dabble indexes videos from all over the web, no matter where they are hosted. Dabble gathers video data from thousands of hosting websites and keeps a record of where web videos are located, descriptions about the video, who made it, what it's about, and its popularity. Dabble's human powered search engine with a community of users who add details and notes, correct mistakes, and share what is valuable to them about the media, enhances the metadata in a massive team effort that goes far beyond what any one site can do alone. Dabble is the location to find videos of interest to you, no matter what your taste, gathering all the media you've seen elsewhere into one organized collection.