You may choose to sign in to the Pol.is Conversation using Facebook or Twitter. You may also choose to interact anonymously without sign in.
You may choose to provide Pol.is your email address when subscribing to updates of our Pol.is Conversation. This email will be accessible only to Pol.is, and we at MyDem0cracy will not have access to it.
We plan to release a public data set (the “Dataset) made up of all comments and votes submitted in the Pol.is Conversation. This will include comments that did not make it through moderation.
This Dataset will associate comments and votes made by the same user. HOWEVER it will not include emails used to subscribe to Pol.is Conversation updates, nor any other unique identifier. We do not wish to include unique identifiers in the Dataset, nor could we, as we have no access to these email addresses.
Note: Even though there will be no attached unique identifiers in the dataset (ie. no emails), answering multiple very specific question could in theory de-anonymize you. For example, imagine you were to answer “Yes” to the following questions:
- I live in an area code starting with “M6G”.
- I identify as LGBTQ.
- I am a political science major.
A third party may theoretically be able to identify you in the public dataset, using public information you reveal elsewhere online. This is not specific to our Pol.is Conversation, but is an underappreciated reality of our networked world. Risk may be small, but we would like you to be informed. This relates to information theory.
In light of the above, please be aware that you may “Pass” on voting on any given comment. We encourage you to do so with information you would rather not share.
Panotoclick is a tool that beautifully illustrate the hazards referenced above.
We use MailChimp for collecting email contact info, to allow for voluntary follow-up interaction.
We use Google Analytics for tracking web pages views, in order to improve the Websites.
We use LiveChat for supporting users with chat built right into the website.
We have LiveChat connected to our internal chat tool, the “Civic Tech Toronto” Slack team. This allows people in our specific project’s chat room to be notified when a participant starts a new support conversation. Our team chat tool is semi-public, as any member of the public can sign up. Having said that, only people in our chat room will be notified when a participant starts a new support chat. In practice, this is about 20 people. These team members only see the name and city of the person initiating the support chat, NOT the content of the chat. The content of the conversation is only visible to our support team (ie. team leads).
Please see our contact page.