Communicating the importance of privacy

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Time: 09:45 - 10:45 AM
Room: Flyover Front
Skill Level: Beginner
Language: English
Duration: 1 hour(s)
Format: Internet Freedom: Present and Future
Presenter: Liz Steininger
Other Presenters: Liz Steininger Anamika Ved Eileen Wagne
Not a week goes by that we don’t hear about data breach violating our privacy and exposing our information; our most intimate secrets. Yet many people we care about, continue to have blasé attitude towards privacy. Whenever there is an option of price and convenience over privacy, many people invariably choose the former. How can we help people understand the consequences of giving-up privacy for convenience? We’ll host a conversation about how to educate people ‘why privacy matters’ and to better understand the ‘privacy’ they are surrendering when they choose convenient or no-cost tools. We will share specific limitations to a tech-first approach to communicating security benefits and discuss better alternatives. Examining language on websites, app store description, and in app, we identify ways to clearly communicate how software works, improving transparency for both technical and non-technical users. We will discuss ways to promote the belief that individual security and privacy on the internet is fundamental and brainstorm ideas about how to make people we interact with, aware about the effect of casual or indifferent attitude towards privacy rights.
Target Audience:
This session is for anyone who values privacy and needs to convince others that they should, too, like Journalists, Software Developers, Security Trainers, Designers, Advocacy/Policy Professionals, Communications Professionals, Academics and Front Line Activists.
Desired Outcome:
We would like for us to all feel better prepared to communicate the value of privacy beyond our normal circles. We will produce notes and suggestions that can be used by any technical project in this space. And perhaps have some collective action items for the community.