[Linux-aus] Photos at conferences

Hugh Blemings hugh at blemings.org
Tue Jan 21 20:38:58 EST 2014

Hi Bret, All,

Off the top of my head I can think of two occasions at two different LCAs where talks were specifically not recorded and/or photographed at the request of the presenter.

While their reasons for such a request differed, they were reasonable I both cases and I believe the requests honoured by all present.

Ultimately the balance is a delicate one, but I think the discourse thus far has shown the many nuances we as a community must juggle! :)


/* apologies for the top post... using a portable device with limited email capabilities */

> On 21 Jan 2014, at 1:18, Bret Busby <bret at busby.net> wrote:
>> On Tue, 21 Jan 2014, Bret Busby wrote:
>>> On Tue, 21 Jan 2014, Elizabeta S⌀resen wrote:
>>> While I understand the need for a photography policy I think doing
>>> something like this could discourage some of candid shots taken by the
>>> community.
>> I suppose then that it becomes a question of which need is greater - the need to be able to relax and enjoy one's self, or the need to obtain compromising photographs.
>> And, I wonder at the protections for vulnerable people, such as victims of domestic violence and domestic custody disputes, or victims of stalkers and other malicious acts, who maybe want to attend events, but are precluded on the basis that their presence will be revealed whether they like it or not.
>> Once again, as I mentioned previously, I believe that it relates to courtesy and respect, and the degree to which we believe these should be shown to people.
> 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?
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