[Linux-aus] Photos at conferences

Bret Busby bret at busby.net
Tue Jan 21 20:55:19 EST 2014

On Tue, 21 Jan 2014, Bret Busby wrote:

> On Tue, 21 Jan 2014, Matthew Cengia wrote:
>> On 2014-01-21 17:18, Bret Busby wrote:
>> [...]
>>> And, what happens if someone of great value, like that Snowden guy,
>>> happens to be there?
>>> Would Linux Australia be happy with causing the death of one of the
>>> world's greatest whistleblowers, or the death of someone like the
>>> girl from Afghanistan, who believes that females are entitled to
>>> education, due to Linux Australia not acting to protect the privacy
>>> of people at its conferences, and not respecting people, because of
>>> the greater need to obtain compromising photographs?
>> Again, the fact is that we live in a society where, even if people
>> didn't carry cameras on their phones, there are still cameras
>> everywhere; surveillance on public transport, in CBD streets, shopfronts
>> etc.
>> If somebody fits into either of the categories of the two people you
>> mention above, do you honestly believe that the worst threat they face
>> is people deliberately photographing them at a conference? Just
>> *getting* to the conference would be risker than being there!
>> --
>> Regards,
>> Matthew Cengia
> And then some bright spark from a conference, posts a photo that they
> took of the person, up on some antisocial social media, and the next
> day, the person is disappeared, or bits of the body found in the
> conference venue.
> Other than the two above, people like Kim Dot Com, and dissidents from
> China, who believe that the Internet and Linux, should be accessible by
> people other than the politburo; many, meany people are vulnerable, and
> are wanted to be disappeared or otherwise exterminated.
> Insofar as I am aware, the surveillance cameras do not go posting
> photographs on social media (unless it is some sex fiend in the
> surveillance organisation, that gets imagery of a sexual nature that
> they decide to publish).

And, a question should be asked - if a vulnerable person takes the risk 
to travel to and attend a Linux Australia conference, would it be right 
for Linux Australia to put the bullet in the gun?

Whish is more important - being able to take compromising photographs, 
or, courtesy, respect, privacy and safety?

Bret Busby
West Australia

"So once you do know what the question actually is,
  you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
   Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
   "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
   A Trilogy In Four Parts",
   written by Douglas Adams,
   published by Pan Books, 1992

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