KomenWatch

Keeping our eyes and ears open…..

Who Are We?

That’s private.

Here’s why.

Visibility has the potential to encourage accountability, but it also has the capacity to inhibit risk taking, creativity, and the exchange of new (and sometimes unpopular) ideas. KomenWatch incorporates both identification and anonymity in our public service website for key reasons.

Reasons for the Clear Referencing and Identification of Content

KomenWatch includes an archive of materials from a variety of sources (including newspapers and news sites, health information outlets, blogs, books, and periodicals) that offer critique of the pink cause and industry. We do this to:

– assist further research (by providing links, abstracts, and citations)

– aid in accountability and reliability of materials

– help readers judge the reputation of sources

– reveal the broad and varied critiques of the breast cancer cause and specifically, the Komen organization as the face of the cause, over time and in one place

Reasons for Site Anonymity

As the administrators of KomenWatch, we believe that the content of the site is more important than the individuals who brought it together. We share our purpose, our vision, and our perspectives as needed, but we also believe that anonymity is vital to:

– encourage attention to the content of a message rather than the presonal characteristics of the messengers

– increase the likelihood that judgements will be made based on designated standards and not personal issues

– facilitate information seeking, reporting, and the flow of ideas

– avoid becoming spokespersons when the goal of the archive is to share documented ideas from the many voices of critique, including perspectives we do not necessarily share

– provide safety for individuals and/or organizations who may be at a strategic disadvantage should they share opinions that could disrupt their living or working environments, or who risk being labeled, fired, or persecuted for their perspectives (Find more information on potential harms from policies that ban pseudonymity.)

Because we want to see the eradication of breast cancer, KomenWatch is committed to keeping our eyes and ears open.

3 responses to “Who Are We?

  1. Grace July 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I fully support this approach for a watchdog site, especially when it concerns a topic that involves so much emotional investment. Public dialogue needs to be based on the merit of the information and the argument presented without personal bias. I’ve not seen a more complete archive of documented materials on this topic.

  2. PseudonymQueen July 27, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I’m dying to know who you are!!! But I understand, totally. I work for the health system and feel like I have to keep quiet on many issues to keep things flowing at work. But being IN that system and seeing what goes on, what falls through the cracks, what doesn’t get reported… people need to know this stuff! I’ll chime in with any number of names just to get the information about there. I bet some x-komen staff have some juicy stories.

  3. Tamara October 23, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I just wanted to let you know that I linked to you in my award winning breast cancer blog, The Brunette Lucy vs. Breast Cancer. Thank you for the work you do.

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