We are aware of the issues that have been reported recently on the Zoom platform.
We understand your concerns and assure you that we share them! Because Zoom has emerged as the primary video conferencing platform for most people conducting work from home over the last few weeks, there has been a lot of news about Zoom and the perception of its security flaws.
While it is true that there have been a few highly publicized incidents recently, they are rare on properly structured events. For example, our users at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) are running classes for 40,000 students each week, almost exclusively on Zoom, not to mention meetings and regular research work that is on-going on this platform.
The vast majority of Zoom interactions have taken place without issues and we are confident that in this case, the platform will enable us to experiment with really trying to bring tea people and Midorikai alumni around the world together in real time (if not, sadly, real space) to share tea.
Bottom line: this meeting is being put together by users who have enterprise level, paid accounts and are intimately familiar with the staging of large, online meetings using this platform.
Here are the ways we are addressing security for the Midorikai Alumni OneWorld Chakai:
- Only hosts and co-hosts (regional moderators) can control the meeting.
- We are using the waiting-room (machiai) feature to control access to the meeting.
- Access to the meeting will be allowed only by registered and approved email addresses.
- The meeting itself is password protected.
- There will be no file sharing, private chat or annotations (this is controlled by the meeting host)
You can use Zoom in the browser without installing the Zoom plugin or app – when prompted you should see a link to continue in the browser. (The link is very small – you might miss it so don’t blow past it)
Zoom prefers you install the app because audio may not be available when using the service via the web browser (Chrome allows audio, Firefox and Safari may not). If you are using Zoom by web browser only, you may need to make a phone call to the number provided (fees may apply) in order to get the audio portion.
* In any case, you are required to create an account first on Zoom in order to use the Zoom platform *
We are not discussing government, banking or trade secrets and are taking all possible precautions, so we anticipate successfully staging the Midorikai Alumni OneWorld Chakai using the Zoom platform. If you are still uncomfortable participating in the online version, we do invite you to participate offline.
UPDATE: On May 3 you can also watch the OneWorld Chakai live stream on our website or catch the live stream on our Facebook page.