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How stop (or at least control) blogging at scientific meetings

An editorial published in Nature 460, 152 (9 July 2009) entitled "How to Stop Blogging" considers how to handle attendees who blog presentations of research for public view and the policy options meeting conveners are exploring.

Despite the title of the editorial, in the body of the piece is Nature's position:

"Nature has made the case that blogging by researchers is good. Critical discussion of worthy results should not in principle be restricted to walls of a conference hall or even the pages of a journal. Any meeting to which anyone can register is fair game for all available communications technologies ā€” and any rules that cannot be policed will be ignored anyway."

Since this piece doesn't offer a space for comments on Nature's site, I'm curious what people on here think social networking policies should be at scientific meetings.

Comments (1)

  1. As far as policy goes, I don't really feel like there should be a social networking policy. If anything the policy should be to make it very clear to the presenters that any information they share at a public conference is likely to be be shared outside the walls of that conference and that it's up to them to decide how much or how little they want to share. If the goal is to release information to only the people in the room then nothing short of taking away all electronic devices and requiring attendees to sign an NDA is going to prevent information from leaving the room. At that point it just seems like your information isn't ready to be "shared." I realize that there are complex issues surrounding the release of science information however the bottom line has to be cooperation and collaboration between conference presenters, organizers and attendees because anything less is more damaging than it's worth.

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