Categories: web

Trust on the Web

1. World Cup Tickets
I am going to France for a couple of weeks in September…”coincidently” during the Rugby World Cup. We confirmed our trip after all the legit tickets for matches I would like to see had sold out. But I’d like to go to a game… so I searched on Craigslist, found someone selling a ticket. Sent emails. She’s in San Fran … We’ve emailed. The thought crossed my mind, for about 2 seconds: hmm, it’s safe, right, to send money and wait for the tickets in the post? Surely this nice-sounding person isn’t a scammer. It was a back of the mind thought, nothing serious.

I did some Googling, found the seller’s blog. I read a little bit, checked out some pics of her family, her university friends… I don’t *know* her, but I trust her completely. Her presence on the web allows me to *know* with 100% certainty, that she is honest etc. And if she checks this blog, I expect she’ll see the same. So not the least little scrap of worry about doing a transaction on the web with someone I will likely never meet.

2. Amazon
I was recently contacted by about LibriVox. I did a web search on the name of the contact there, found the same name in a MySpace page for a band…didn’t think that could be her. But in our conversation she mentioned she was in a band, I said: “Is it so-and-so? Cause I’m looking at your Myspace page right now!” The conversation was different then … I knew, if nothing else, she was a hard working musician, and that helped me to trust her in a way I couldn’t have otherwise. The discussion may or may not continue, but we *know* each other in a way that makes it so much easier to discuss honestly now than if she was just a random name, representing a company I am wary of.

3. Fred
I posted about Vancouver 2010 copyright issues. “Fred Smith” left a comment, but no URL link. I read his comment, it sounded reasonable. But I cannot trust him, because there is no link to a web page where I can learn about who Fred Smith is. Does he exist? Does he work for the government? For a PR company? For the Vancouver 2010 committee? Is he an anarchist? A creative commons lawyer? No idea. He has no URL, and while I can take his words at face value, they have zero context, so I am hesitant to trust him. (No offense, Fred).

4. Problem at LibriVox
We are having a problem at LibriVox. The person in question has no digital identity that I know of. How am I give context to my evaluation of this person without more information online? I have nothing to go on.

If you don’t have a presence online, how can I know whether or not I should trust you?

violating copyright: 2010

I first heard about Canada’s new Bill C-47 when I was printing off my artwork for this year’s graduation exhibition at the Emily Carr Institute. My artwork, the Transit Shelter Project, focuses on the current debates around the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and homelessness. As my artwork ran off the printer, the technician asked, “You know that these are illegal?” I replied that I had used different pantone colours and computer fonts so I wasn’t infringing upon any copyright laws.
“What I mean is VANOC has copyrighted the number 2010,” he added. I was completely floored and asked how anyone could copyright a number.

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Categories: art, friendsprojects

God’s Billboards

Reuben did a roadtrip through the States, and among other things, took pics of Church billboards. Fruits of his (and God’s) labour include: “Our Church is Cool with AC and JC.” And:

See the slideshow here.