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Herdict Web 126.96.36.199-signed
View and report on site accessibility to the Herdict Web project (http://www.herdict.org) at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society
About this Add-on
The add-on will install an icon of a sheep in the toolbar of your web browser. As you browse, you can click the sheep icon and select "Report This Site" to report your experience to us.
Learn what the herd is saying about the websites you visit
Whenever you visit a website, the toolbar will check the Herdict database to see what others in the herd are saying about the site. An orange sheep indicates users in your country have reported the website inaccessible, yellow indicates users in other countries have reported the website inaccessible, and green indicates that Herdict Web has received no reports that the website is inaccessible.
To create your own collections, you must have a Mozilla Add-ons account.
Continue reading, and you will learn what data we collect and what we will and will not do with it.
What we collect:
The Reporter and the Add-on transmit to our servers the URL of the site, the IP address of the site, your IP address, whatever information you have provided in the fields next to the buttons labeled "Page," "Country," "ISP," "Access Location," "Tags," and "Comments," and whether you marked a particular website "Accessible" or "Inaccessible." Some of these fields may be pre-populated based on your location (as determined by your IP address). Note that the complete URL of the site visited may not be collected -- the Reporter and the Add-on do not always collect the URLs of individual webpages. For example, if you visit http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/about, the Reporter and the Add-on may only collect "cyber.law.harvard.edu." You may also voluntarily provide to Herdict Web, and Herdict Web will collect from you, your e-mail address in order to notify you of updates regarding our project. Providing your e-mail address will not be done through the Reporter or the Add-on and is not a condition for using either the Reporter or the Add-on; instead, there is a separate field on the Herdict Website in which to enter your e-mail address for this purpose.
What we'll do with it:
We will use the collected information to make aggregate statistics publicly available on the Herdict Website. We may also use the information for research purposes in conjunction with third-parties. The URLs that you submit, and the contents of the "ISP, " "Tags," and "Comments" fields you submit with the URLs, will be available for others to see on the Herdict Website. The URLS that you submit (and the corresponding websites) may also be reviewed to determine whether the website contains adult material and the like. Herdict Web will use your e-mail address, if you so choose to voluntarily provide it, to notify you of updates to our project, including, for example, new releases to our software.
All of your stored data may be accessed by our system administrators. Because Herdict Web is part of the BCIS, which is run by Harvard University, the administrators may produce these records and data to Harvard's Administrative Dean, Dean of Students, or the Administrative Board, upon request or suspected violation of our Terms and Conditions.
Also, if we are legally compelled to provide information collected from you during report submission (for example, in response to a subpoena or as a result of a court order), we may do so. We prefer to independently object to overbroad requests for access to information about users of the Herdict Website, but we do not know that we will be able to do so in all cases. If you do not challenge the disclosure request yourself, we may be legally required to turn over the information you submitted in your reports.
What we won't do with it:
We will never publicly display your IP address on our Herdict Website. We will never sell any collected information to third-parties.
Add-on Users Only
If you have installed the Add-on, in addition to the foregoing, the following occurs whenever you direct your browser to a new website, regardless of whether you make a report:
-The Add-on collects the URL of each site that you visit, together with your IP address. This information is transmitted to our servers.
-Our servers look in a database to see if other users can see the site at that URL, and the result is transmitted back to the Add-on and appears as a red, gray, or green sheep icon.
-Your IP address and the URL visited are not used for any other purposes; however, they may be retained indefinitely in our server logs.
We reserve the right to change these terms with or without notice. If you use the Add-on or the Herdict Website (including the Reporter), you agree to these terms and any future changes we make to them.
We are a research institution and our goal is to collect information regarding web accessibility to allow others to make informed decisions. We are not trying to hide anything. Any changes we might make will be intended to further our academic mission as a research institution and make our research more effective.
Last Updated Feb 25, 2009
End-User License Agreement
Thank you for your participation in the Herdict Web project ("Herdict Web") at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society ("BCIS"). For purposes of Herdict web, the BCIS provides a variety of software and services (the "Herdict Web Materials"), for example, the Herdict website (the "Herdict Website"), the Herdict Reporter (a part of the Herdict Website) (the "Reporter"), and the Herdict Web Browser Add-on (the "Add-on"). By accessing or using the Herdict Web Materials, and in consideration for the software and/or services we provide to you, you agree to abide by the following terms and conditions (the "Terms").
What is Herdict Web?
Herdict Web is a voluntary, participant-based program to research and document website inaccessibility in different parts of the world. To accomplish these goals, Herdict Web interacts with users via the Herdict Website and the Add-on.
The Herdict Website allows you to explore collected information submitted by other users to see whether a website is "Accessible" or "Inaccessible" in different countries around the world. "Accessible" means users reported they could see the site, and "Inaccessible" means they could not. From the Herdict Website, you can explore our information by website or by country. You can review reports on many different websites in detail, including how many times each site has been reported Accessible and Inaccessible, the countries from which users submitted their reports, and when the users submitted their reports. You can also break down these views by individual reports and see each user's ISP, report date, and any comments the user added. The user's IP address and any other personally identifiable information are never displayed (unless specifically entered by user).
The Herdict Website also allows you to participate in Herdict Web by reporting your own experiences with Accessible or Inaccessible websites. While on the Herdict Website, you can report your experiences in the "Reporter" section of the Herdict Website. In this section you can test whether you are able to access various websites, including websites on which we have received reports from others. Each website you test will be displayed within the Reporter window, and you can click the "Accessible" or "Inaccessible" buttons to report your experience. You also have the opportunity to enter any additional comments or change your country location and ISP (which Herdict Web may suggest based upon your IP address).
In addition to using the Reporter section of the Herdict Website, you can also participate in Herdict Web by downloading our Add-on. The Add-on will install an icon of a sheep in the toolbar of your web browser. This sheep icon will be red, gray, or green for each website you visit to let you know if other Herdict users have been able to access that site. A red sheep indicates users in your country have reported the website inaccessible, gray indicates users in other countries have reported the website inaccessible, and green indicates that Herdict Web has received no reports that the website is inaccessible. As you access different websites, you can add to this information by clicking the sheep icon and selecting "Report This Site" to report your experience to us. As you make your report using the Add-on, you will have the opportunity to provide the same details as reports generated by using the Reporter section of the Herdict Website.
Data collection will occur whenever you make a report - either through the Reporter section of the Herdict Website or through the Add-on. This data is stored on Herdict servers. Your data is then put together with others' and used both on the Herdict Website and in creating the red, gray, or green sheep indicator for the Add-on.
Terms and Conditions
The BCIS may change the Terms from time to time, at the BCIS's sole discretion. Your continued use of Herdict Web Materials following the posting of such changes will constitute your assent to all such changes. Please periodically visit this section of the Herdict Website to review the current version of the Terms.
By agreeing to these Terms and using the Herdict Web Materials, you affirm that you are at least 13 years of age and are legally capable of entering into the conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations and warranties set forth in these Terms, and that you will comply with all of these Terms.
Limits on Commercial Use
Herdict Web Materials are made available to you for your non-commercial use only. "Non-commercial use" means use in a way that is not intended to (and does not) generate money. Commercial uses include but are not limited to actions such as selling the Add-on, selling data generated by Herdict Web, selling data derived from data generated by Herdict Web, and so on. You may not make or attempt to make any commercial use of Herdict Web Materials without first obtaining express written authorization from BCIS.
Limits on Copying
You also agree that you will not copy, license, or otherwise use the Herdict Web Materials without first obtaining express written authorization from BCIS, except as follows: You are allowed to make and distribute copies of the Add-on, but only to (a) users who have read and agreed to be bound by these Terms, or (b) users whom you have the legal power to bind to contracts such as this (if you do not know whether you have this power, please ask a lawyer). So you are not allowed, for example, to install the Add-on on your friend's computer unless he or she reads and agrees to this contract.
Limits on Damaging Uses
You may not use the Herdict Web Materials in a way that damages the BCIS's servers, nor may you use them in a way that interferes with anyone else's use or enjoyment of the Herdict Web Materials. You agree not to interfere with the proper working of the Herdict Web Materials. You agree not to submit to Herdict Web the e-mail addresses or other identifying information, of parties other than yourself for purposes of harassment.
The BCIS reserves the right to terminate or restrict your access to the Herdict Web Materials, with or without notice, for any or for no reason, and without any liability to you. So if, for example, for no reason we decide never to let you use the Herdict Web Materials again, you have no recourse, even if something bad happens as a result.
Editing and Blocking Reports
BCIS will never edit any of the reports we receive. However, BCIS reserves the right to choose not to post a received report for any reason, including if we determine the reported website contains adult material, obscenity, and the like. We may also choose to block a particular user from posting any reports at all for any reason.
Herdict Web depends, to a great deal, on the free dissemination of user-generated content (such as your comments) through Herdict's reports or its blog. In order to enable such dissemination of user-generated content, you grant to Herdict Web an automatic, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to assign, transfer, and/or sublicense) to use, copy, publicly perform, display, reformat, translate, prepare derivative works of, incorporate into other works, excerpt (in whole or in part), and distribute such user-generated content for any purpose on or in connection with Herdict Web, in any content that you submit to Herdict Web through the use of the Herdict Web Materials.
Furthermore, you warrant, with respect to any content that you submit to Herdict Web, that you have the right to do so, and that such submission will not, for example, infringe upon any Intellectual Property Rights of any other party. "Intellectual Property Rights" means any and all rights under patent law, copyright law, trade secret law, trademark law and any and all other proprietary rights, and any and all applications, renewals, extensions, and restorations thereof, now or hereafter in force and effect worldwide. You may not knowingly publish any misrepresentations or false or misleading information through Herdict Web and the Reporter. You represent that all information you report to Herdict is accurate, lawful, complete, and truthful. You further take all responsibility for any consequences of that uploaded information.
Because our reports are derived from user-generated content, BCIS does not warrant that the report information is complete, accurate, or useful. BCIS takes no responsibility for the truth of the user reports, including the information on accessibility, the users' ISP and geographical location, or the users' additional comments. Further, BCIS is not responsible for any user-generated information which may be indecent or otherwise objectionable. You understand that all user-generated content is the sole responsibility of the user that originally created that content, including the content of all reports.
In addition, BCIS is not responsible for the content of any third-party websites displayed in the Reporter, nor does the display of such websites represent an endorsement of their content.
You acknowledge that BCIS or its licensors own all right, title and interest in and to the Herdict Web Materials, including without limitation, all Intellectual Property Rights. You will not modify or attempt to modify the Herdict Web Materials or make derivative works based thereon, such as an add-on based on our Add-on, without first obtaining express written authorization from BCIS. You are only allowed to use the Herdict Web Materials in their current form. In legal terms, you agree not to modify, adapt, translate, prepare derivative works from, decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble or otherwise attempt to derive source code from the Herdict Web Materials, or to extract significant portions of the Herdict Web Materials' files for use in other applications. You agree not to misappropriate the Herdict name for any use that is inconsistent with the Intellectual Property Rights of BCIS or its licensors, including, without limitation, using the Herdict name to endorse views not adopted by Herdict Web. You also agree to not remove, obscure, or alter BCIS's or its licensors' copyright notice, trademarks, or other proprietary rights notices affixed to or contained within the Herdict Web Materials.
Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liabilities
You agree that the BCIS does not provide any warranty whatsoever, so if the Herdict Web Materials do not work, do not work as well as you would like, and so on, you cannot make a claim against the BCIS. In addition, while the BCIS does not intend that any damage will occur as a result of your use of the Herdict Web Materials, you agree to assume the risks of using or misusing the Herdict Web Materials. You agree that you do not have any legal claims against the BCIS, regardless of what does or does not happen, and regardless of any damage to anyone or anything, as a result of your use or misuse. The BCIS disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from your use of the Herdict Web Materials. In legal terms:
THE HERDICT WEB MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. THE BCIS MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE HERDICT WEB MATERIALS' OPERATION OR THE INFORMATION INCLUDED IN THE HERDICT WEB MATERIALS. TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY APPLICABLE LAW, THE BCIS HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
BECAUSE SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU IN SUCH STATES. THE RESPECTIVE LIABILITY OF THE BCIS, ITS SUPPLIERS AND LICENSORS SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.
You are solely legally liable if your use or misuse of Herdict Web Materials causes damage to Herdict Web or someone or something else. You acknowledge and agree to indemnify and hold the BCIS and its affiliates, officers, employees and agents, harmless, including costs and attorneys' fees, from any claim or demand made by any third-party due to or arising out of your use of the Herdict Web Materials or your violation of these Terms.
These Terms are governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without regard to the rules of conflict of law that may cause the laws of another jurisdiction to apply. You agree to the sole and exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the federal or state courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the event of any dispute of any kind arising from or relating to the Herdict Web Materials, or your use or review of the Herdict Web Materials.
Because we expect users to participate in Herdict Web all over the world, you agree to comply with all local laws, including those regulating Internet activity.
In addition, this contract overrides any other agreements between you and the BCIS with respect to the matters addressed herein. The Terms constitute the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes and replaces all prior or contemporaneous understandings or agreements, written or oral, regarding such subject matter.
If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision or portion of these Terms to be unenforceable, the remainder of the Terms will continue in full force and effect.
Last Updated Feb 25, 2009