The privacy paradox
Digitally Lit #197 – 5/11/2019
Hi all, my name is Ian O’Byrne and welcome to Digitally Literate. In this newsletter, I try to synthesize what happened this week so you can be digitally literate as well.
I posted a couple of things this week:
- Formative and Summative Assessments – An overview of learning pathways, purpose of assessment, and formative/summative assessments.
- Journaling as a means to scaffold and assess student learning – I gave a talk on formative assessments and journaling at a professional development workshop on campus this week. Here are the slides…I’ll break this down into posts and share more.
- Assistive technology to help people with disabilities – An overview of recent innovations in technology to support individuals with disabilities.
Johnny Harris on how to use your camera to use your phone, take pictures, and organize them to connect to your longterm memory.
Harris suggests…the key to remembering your life is deleting photos. This is a great assignment for use in high school and higher ed.
Values not only shape what people see, but they also structure what people look for in the first place. We call this intuitive epistemology.
Those who care about oppression look for oppression — so they find it.
Those who care about security look for threats to it — and they find them.
In other words, people do not end up with the same answers because they do not begin with the same questions.
This year we’re seeing tech companies try to reshape the narrative around privacy and our digital tools. Many of these companies are trying to redefine privacy for us. They’re trying to redefine privacy from “we don’t take your data” to “we don’t give it to anyone else.” There is a big difference between the two.
In multiple times in the Google I/O keynote, they mentioned that “the future is private” and that privacy is for everyone. Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai puts a finer point on this in the op-ed linked above, as he also highlighted the need for legislation around privacy.
Mark Zuckerberg delivered a similar message at Facebook’s developer conference. “The future is private,” he said, and indicated Facebook will focus on more intimate communications. He shared these messages in a Washington Post op-ed just weeks before.
This transparency is good, but we need to question how transparent all of these companies are with our data. The takeaway is that they’re still collecting your data. They’re still using it to teach machine learning engines. Some will sell (or hand off) your data to others. Data breaches and hacks will happen. Business will continue as they seek to redefine privacy in an attempt to pacify user concern and angst on the topic.
As discussed in the earlier story, tech companies are trying to redefine privacy in our use of these digital texts and tools.
The question ultimately becomes…why do we continue to use and trust these companies?
John Naughton examines this problem through the lens of the “privacy paradox” as detailed by Nina Gerber, Paul Gerber, and Melanie Volkamer in Computers & Security. You can read more about the “privacy calculus” that we all employ as we consider our privacy, and willingness to disclose.
This post is adapted from Dare to Lead, and it shares support for educators as we celebrated Teacher Appreciation Day here in the U.S.
Peter Bryant with a great post on how to incorporate real pedagogical change in your classroom.
His manifesto is as follows:
- Have a plan
- Reward and recognize excellence and achievement
- Be in the conversation
- Connection is the glue
- We don’t know what the students want – but we need to
- Expose yourself to risk
- Be rigorous, evidenced-based, and critically reflective
- Enhance, don’t replace
- The future happens
My Wife and I have started to track more of our food consumption as we want to track down health and wellness as it is impacted by the foods we eat. This post from Engadget shares how to use the Goals function in Google Calendar to keep track of workouts, food, maladies, etc.
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
I watched the video of the new Tool song on YouTube as I finalized this issue.
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