[Linux-aus] Photos at conferences

Luke John luke.john at osmahi.com
Tue Jan 21 15:09:56 EST 2014

Something I had hoped to have organised at lca2014 and may work for future
conferences is a clear concept of "photography free zones" in one of the
back corners of lecture theatres. Though the problem of expanding this
concept into other conference areas is segregation.

Whilst I think the concept of having additional different coloured lanyards
to depict additional information like individuals photography preferences
is a nice way to let people know you don't want close up photos, I think
standing in a large crowd wearing a lanyard that conveyed I didn't want to
be included even in large crowd shots would be disconsiderate of the many
in our community who enjoy photography.
 On 21/01/2014 11:06 am, "Brent Wallis" <brent.wallis at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 1:11 PM, Russell Stuart <
> russell-linuxaus at stuart.id.au> wrote:
>> On Tue, 2014-01-21 at 12:34 +1100, Eyal Lebedinsky wrote:
>> > Just playing the devil's advocate here: "I want to see photos and want
>> > to be photographed myself, and I am next to the person who does *not*
>> > want this".
>> I try to take a photo of you both.  Mr Introvert says "please don't".
>> Mr Extrovert says "please do".  Are you telling me you can't suggest a
>> compromise that everyone would likely find acceptable?
>> With respect:
> Extrovert != OK to take my Pic.
> Introvert != Not OK to take my pic.
> The reasons for a person to make such decisions are probably best not
> labelled. These things are personal choices based on personal reasons.
> TBH, I have no answer to offer on this issue but any suggestions so far
> have failed to take into account the rise of indiscriminate image creation
> devices like Goggle Glass.
> For any policy/rule/friendly agreement to work, it needs to be able to be
> policed and devices like GG (which lets face is probably only the start)
> make that really hard for organisers...
> If given a choice, I would not like to be photographed but ... what choice
> do any of us have these days in that regard?
> If you catch a train or bus, use an ATM, walk a CBD street, walk past a
> shop with a CCTV camera, drive a car, etc etc etc...; chances are your
> image will be captured by something.
> IMHO there is probably no "definitive super duper fix all" answer for this
> issue... but a clear and concise Privacy Policy is a good start. :-)
> BW
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