SongStudio 2020 will be presented online using Zoom online meeting technology. Zoom has been in the online-meeting market for years, and have seen their adoption skyrocket as a result of working-at-home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This has uncovered ways in which the Zoom meeting tools can be abused, and has led to negative publicity for Zoom. There are many stories reported, of Zoom meetings hijacked by those who have used the tools for malicious purposes. There are also theories about whether or not the software has allowed unauthorized access to information shared during a Zoom meeting.
One benefit from the increased adoption of Zoom technology and the incidences of abuse, is that the Zoom platform has undergone significant improvements in the past few months. End-to-end encryption and greater privacy controls, along with fixes to other gaps, have been implemented already.
We do not take security lightly. We are interested in presenting a smooth-running, secure online songwriters’ event which benefits everyone involved.
While we cannot guarantee that Zoom meetings are totally protected from abuse, what we can promise you is that we are aware of the meeting tools and practices which have commonly been abused to interrupt online meetings, and we are designing our meetings to incorporate best practices and expose very little potential for compromise.
Our online meetings will:
- require all participants to be authenticated with Zoom accounts. No anonymous participation will be allowed
- require all participants to use meeting pre-registration; access to meetings will be limited to pre-registered, recognized SongStudio participants
- require all participants to be admitted individually into the meetings
- remove and restrict access to meeting tools which have been central to disruption attacks in the past, and which are not essential to our workshop operation
- not be accessible through publicly-shared meeting links
- not be shared beyond the group of workshop attendees
We continue to monitor updates to Zoom meeting best practices, and will incorporate additional measures as necessary to improve security and privacy.