sábado, 21 de febrero de 2009

Su majestad Mark Zuckerberg

Seguramente estarán enterados del escándalo sobre los términos de uso de Facebook de la semana pasada. Éste post no trata sobre ello en particular, para eso recomiendo la lectura de éste artículo en la revista Reason. Lo que me lleva a escribir éste post, es la risa que me ha provocado la respuesta de Mark Zuckerberg a todo el embrollo provocado por su falta de experstise en el tema de gobernar una nación virtual. Ajá, así como lo leen. Zuckerberg se automombra primus inter pares de la comunidad, perdón, de la nación Facebook de 175 millones de habitantes (más que México!) Y nos comunica en su Blog, que los términos de usuario son equivalentes a un contrato social virtual. Mark I emula a Juan sin Tierra y nos otorga nuestro Bill of Rights. Facebooklandia tiene su primera constitución otorgada y los usuarios, perdón, habitantes podemos aceptarla o no. Y como dice el artículo de Reason, este red social, perdón, Estado-nación es tan benigna que los usuarios, perdón, ciudadanos, podemos salirnos de ella cuando queramos....
Gracias Mark I, Long Live The King!

Lo malo, es que al equiparar Facebook con una nación de 175 millones de habitantes, y los términos de uso con un contrato social, Zuckerberg se ve ahora obligado a convocar a los ciudadanos a la redacción de términos de uso democráticos, claro, eso si no quiere ser visto como un despiadado monarca absolutista. Así es que, Ciudadanos de Facebook uníos. Hagamos uso de nuestros derechos y exijamos nuestra representación en la redacción del documento de gobierno de ésta nuestra virtual nación!

Este es un ejemplo de reducción al absurdo...

Aquí la comunicación de Su Alteza Serenísima con sus súbditos:

Update on Terms
by Mark Zuckerberg
Wed 7:17am

A couple of weeks ago, we revised our terms of use hoping to clarify some parts for our users. Over the past couple of days, we received a lot of questions and comments about the changes and what they mean for people and their information. Based on this feedback, we have decided to return to our previous terms of use while we resolve the issues that people have raised.
Many of us at Facebook spent most of today discussing how best to move forward. One approach would have been to quickly amend the new terms with new language to clarify our positions further. Another approach was simply to revert to our old terms while we begin working on our next version. As we thought through this, we reached out to respected organizations to get their input.
Going forward, we've decided to take a new approach towards developing our terms. We concluded that returning to our previous terms was the right thing for now. As I said yesterday, we think that a lot of the language in our terms is overly formal and protective so we don't plan to leave it there for long.
More than 175 million people use Facebook. If it were a country, it would be the sixth most populated country in the world. Our terms aren't just a document that protect our rights; it's the governing document for how the service is used by everyone across the world. Given its importance, we need to make sure the terms reflect the principles and values of the people using the service.
Our next version will be a substantial revision from where we are now. It will reflect the principles I described yesterday around how people share and control their information, and it will be written clearly in language everyone can understand. Since this will be the governing document that we'll all live by, Facebook users will have a lot of input in crafting these terms.You have my commitment that we'll do all of these things, but in order to do them right it will take a little bit of time. We expect to complete this in the next few weeks. In the meantime, we've changed the terms back to what existed before the February 4th change, which was what most people asked us for and was the recommendation of the outside experts we consulted.
If you'd like to get involved in crafting our new terms, you can start posting your questions, comments and requests in the group we've created—Facebook Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. I'm looking forward to reading your input.

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