|Candidate introduction and support
||[May. 22nd, 2008|02:14 pm]
LJ United -- Standing Up For LiveJournal's Future!
I was made aware of ljunited today by insomnia.|
I am running for the position of Advisory Board representative.
I had the good fortune to message with rm and think she is also a very fine candidate for the position.
I do agree very much with what LJUnited stands for but figure I should at least list my interpretive caveats:
Working with the community, for the community.
Honoring the status of every account.
Maintaining the uptime and performance of the site.
Staying advertisement free.
Never sending us unsolicited e-mail.
Supporting the Free Software movement.
There's really no debate with any of the above. I support that entirely.
- We explicitly support free speech for all LiveJournal users
I strongly support free speech for all people. Freedom is a very special and important word to me. To be honest, Freeman is the family name I took at marriage partially for what the name represents. But to me, Freedom is as much responsibility as it is an open gate. There are countries that do not have freedom of speech and while I think LJ is an amazing tool to help the people in those lands fight the fight to get there; it also puts the company at risk for some very highly dangerous legal battles. I hope as a representative of the users I can put freedom of speech first and foremost without putting the company and the service at risk to all.
- We believe the privacy of LiveJournal's users should be safeguarded
I absolutely agree with this. And find myself at pains with the above again. I would hate to find out that a country would have the power to demand information from LJ without due process. I'm afraid of it enough in the USA to be very aware of it and try to find the technologies to help protect the end users.
- We strongly support the rights of fandom in all its forms
I absolutely support fandoms, lifestyles, and personal exploration. But always in safe protection of others. If one wants to write FanFiction... great. But, I also want to protect free speech and privacy by making sure that fandom is separate from freedom. I have already read of more than one case on line where an actually celebrity was horrified as to what was published in a journal or web service purporting to be by their hand.
- We strongly support our fellow LiveJournal Code sites, and view them as an essential part of the greater LiveJournal community
This is part of the open source nature of the code. People should be able to run the code as easily and freely as they run their our journal or web site.
One more issue I want to stress. Freedom is important to me. Abuse of Freedoms given is also something I am wary of. I am a parent as well as a free speaker. And I want to know and feel that I can protect my child on my terms. I don't want to have blanket protection foisted on me for things I feel my child should be able to see. I don't want a lack of reliable protection to expose my child to things I don't feel he is ready to see.
I have worked in the computer industry for nearly 20 years. I have been using computers for nearly 30. I am aware of technology, software engineering, sales, marketing, how the corporate world tends to behave, and most importantly, how to be an end user, consumer, and independent individual.
And I think I can be a voice to help protect the LiveJournal User in one of the most effective manners to the company.