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Protect Yourself from Data Mining

Are you aware that details of your personal life and habits are being collected through your use of the Internet?  “Is data mining by corporate firms and institutions going too far, or is it your responsibility, as an Internet participant, to protect your data?”  In this article, Shirley Frazier also reminds us that Archive.org’s WayBack […]

Stanford University Brings Office Hours to Facebook

This story is not “hot off the press” but worth a mention nonetheless since it demonstrates an innovative and (from my standpoint as a participator) effective practice. More about this story.  More about Open Access Learning

New Tool to Calculate Your Digital Footprint

Most of us are at least aware that we have a digital footprint, but did you know the size of your footprint also includes your “digital shadow”? Digital shadows include all of the digital traces that you don’t see and didn’t have a hand in creating – things like include surveillance camera images, bank records, […]

Death and Dating in the Digital Realm

With Halloween on the horizon and darker thoughts surfacing, have you ever wondered what would become of your online creations after you die? Or, on a lighter note, if your only contact info for last night’s kiss is through Facebook, how do you make the next move?  Check out Gadgetwise to ask your questions or […]

How Does the Internet See You?

Check out Personas, a component of the Metropath(ologies) exhibit, currently on display at the MIT Museum by the Sociable Media Group from the MIT Media Lab. It uses sophisticated natural language processing and the Internet to create a data portrait of your online identity. Just type in your name and find out how the shoe […]

What do Facebook Quizzes Know About You?

More than you might think!  If you’ve ever spent some time completing a quiz on Facebook – or are thinking about it – check out this American Civil Liberties Union Blog of Rights posting.  It will get you up to speed on what FB quizzes are learning about you as you do them and how […]

Facebook at the office…

Ever wonder how the term “Facebook-fired” came about? Adding coworkers and bosses to your facebook profile can be fraught with challenges – check out these examples from Passive Aggressive Notes in the workplace here! Note: some of the language in both the post itself and the comments may be offensive to some people.

How to Read a Privacy Policy

We’ve all clicked “I accept” when we’re in a rush and need to start a new online account – those privacy policies are really long and dry, after all. But what are you really signing up for? The Common Data Project has recently published a guide for how to read privacy policies and what to […]