Your Digital Dossier

Video credit:Youth and Media – Digital Dossier – posted by digitalnatives on YouTube

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As the video illustrates, almost all of us (especially those born in the last 20 years) will have some form of digital dossier. Some of the information in that dossier will be publicly accessible and some will be private and protected by the agencies who generate the records or information. Do you know how to manage the parts of your dossier that you have control over? Some things to consider:

  • Who will manage your digital dossier when you die? There are companies (like Legacy Locker) that will take this on for a fee. Is this important to you?
  • How much access will you have to your medical records when your doctor goes digital? Listen to CBC’s interview with Richard Alvarez, CEO Canada Health Infoway, on electronic health records (5:00) for some enlightening information on the risks and benefits of networked health records.
  • What does a Google search on your name tell you about the kind of info that is publicly available about you? Are you OK with what you find? If not, you may want to review the Protect section of this site.

Additional Resources

The student as producer

Students as producers: an introduction

Degrees of openness

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Your ‘digital dossier’ is comprised of the information about you available online and is under construction long before you begin to post content. What impact do you think that has on your identity formation? Do you find it interesting that digital dossiers continue to grow even after death?

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  8. Jonathan Miller

    I really don’t think I want to know what My digital dossier

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