IEEE Potentials, the student magazine, recently issued an edition devoted to the unintended consequences of technology. The following articles and questions were selected from September/October 2016 and can be accessed while on campus. Please select one article to read, answer questions, and discuss. Submit by October 28, 2016.
1. Privacy in public: (Privacy in Public.pdf ) a) Describe the concept of “überveillance” or omnipresent surveillance. How does it differ from “regular” surveillance? b) What is the “mosaic” theory of privacy? Explain why such a theory is necessary today. c) Taking one of your regular school or work days as an example, list in chronological order all of your encounters with cameras as you go about your day. Are you surprised by how many you can count? Why or why not? d) Thinking about the example of the interface created by Google to allow people to request the removal of their personal information, list similar privacy-protective technological measures that are available on social media, such as Facebook. e) Do you agree that people in a public space should have a right to privacy and anonymity, or do they give up such rights once they enter the public sphere?
2. Privacy in the Age of the Smart Phone: (Privacy in the Age of Smart Phone.pdf) a) Based on your experiences, what are the three most important types of privacy that are mentioned in the article? b) What do you share with others online? Do you have a Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram, or other account? c) What parts of the information that you share with others is beyond your control? For example, who has access to your Facebook page — just your friends on Facebook, or is it public? What other sharing do you engage in that can be accessed by people you don’t know? d) Smartphones have become much more powerful in the last few years. How has your data footprint grown over the last two to three years? e) What new services are you using today that you were not using in your first year of university? Has the volume of data and content that you share increased significantly? Do you feel you can still keep track of and manage that data?