The Internet Society (Links to an external site.), or ISOC, is an American non-profit organization dedicated to ethics, education, and outreach on internet-related matters. They provide free online courses on many issues related to the internet, including modules on digital footprint (Links to an external site.).
For our purposes, this simple introduction will help acquaint you with the importance of understanding what a digital footprint is, and why the “I have nothing to hide” approach isn’t necessarily the best one to take regarding your digital presence–a footprint which may include everything from social media to making a purchase with a credit card at your neighborhood restaurant.
This is just an introduction before you move on to doing the Digital Footprint Inventory Form, which focuses more specifically on the types of devices and peripherals you use, but later in the semester we’ll get into more detail about these and other personal information risks–as well as ways to avoid them.
Knowing what information is tracked with these digital resources, would you consider closing some of your accounts or not visiting some sites, etc. ? If so why and which ones? If not, why? What accounts, sites, apps, technology, etc. would you keep open or using, no matter what information is tracked? What information are you most concerned about being tracked? What information would you not care being available publicly?
Respond to these questions in a Word or Google document that is formatted with standard margins, Times New Roman 12 point font, and double spaced. Response should be in paragraph form and at least 100 words.
As we work toward the evidence paper that will be your major assignment in this course, we’ll make several steps along the way as we look at the research process and connect it with personal information management. The first step in this process will be to choose a topic you’d like to explore. Your topic must be related to information or technology in some way, and it must be a topic that can be approached from multiple perspectives. That doesn’t mean it needs to be a traditional “pro-con” type of argument, although it can. For instance, I’ve had students look at the pros and cons of bringing technology into the elementary school classroom (more of a traditional two-sided topic approach), but I also had a student who wanted to research dog breed bans and approached it by comparing media coverage of aggressive dog breeds with scientific articles about those breeds.
If you are on the fence about a topic, feel free to include more than one topic for instructor feedback. You should include more than a single word or phrase and instead discuss your topic in specific detail.
At this point, you just need an idea and a sense of how it can be approached from multiple perspectives. You can find some resources to help with topic development on the LIS 200 research guide (http://uncg.libguides.com/lis200 (Links to an external site.)), and I encourage you to use to help you brainstorm about your potential topic. You don’t need to turn it in, but students in past semesters have found it helpful, especially when you’re completing the Evidence Evaluation Survey assignment later.
What you do need to submit for this module is a brief description of your topic and an explanation of how it can be approached from multiple perspectives. If you have questions about this, please email me.
Your topic submission should be formatted with standard margins, Times New Roman 12 point font, and double spaced. Response should be in paragraph form and at least 100 words
Briefly describe the topic you would like to explore. It should be a topic that is related in some way to information or the media and can be debated or argued. These can stretch pretty far, but let me know if you have questions or are considering changing or focusing your topic.
After describing your topic, construct a brief plan for how you will identify, access, organize and manage information for your Evidence Paper. Include in this plan some measures for protecting your digital privacy and security.
- What resources will you use to find information on your topic? How will you use the library resources? Will you search the web, too?
- What search terms are you considering using?
- What information will you obtain to identify and cite your sources?
- How will you organize your sources? Print them, for example? Create e-folders and store them electronically? Where? How will you name the files you save?
- How will you ensure your sources are reputable?
- Will you need passwords to utilize library databases? Is your own laptop password protected for privacy?
- How will you ensure you don’t lose your work in the case of an event that causes you to lose data – a power outage, for example? Or a hard drive failure?
Respond to these questions in a Word or Google document that is formatted with standard margins, Times New Roman 12 point font, and double spaced. Response should be in paragraph form and at least 250 words.