Do you think you should have greater control over the information that platforms collect and share about you and your online practices?
Submit to Discussion 15 a post of at least 300 words discussing the one of the following topics:
This week, we encountered the concept of “information friction” in lecture and in the reading by Esther Dyson. Our digital society, and the push to put everything online, decreases information friction and increases the availability of previously private information online. Think of an example of something that promotes information friction and therefore limits the information available online about people or even an individual. What are some of the ways this tactic increases information friction? Is this information currently online? What can we do to lessen the digital dossier available about us? If you need hints for ways that you might answer this question, think about my case, as I discussed in lecture: since I am a public employee, details about my employment (and salary) are available online (you can even find my salary for my previous job in California if you so wish). How is this different from, say 40 years ago? Think about my name. There are only between 7 and 9 people in the United States with the same name as me (I think they are counting a couple of us more than once in the data, but I will *never* correct this). Is it easier or harder to locate information about someone named David Smith than someone named Nadine Kozak? Another interesting thought here is that there is limited available information about my family in the people searches because none of my family lives in the U.S. and personal information can be harder to locate in other countries. Also, I restrict what I post on social media about my personal life because so much of my career, and movement, is readily available online. These are just potential ways to think about this question. I want you to think about what we can do as individuals and as a society to decrease the amount of personal information about us online.
2. Comment on these 2 paragraphs with 150 words each
a)For this week’s Discussion, I chose to talk about Option 1,
When it comes to who Uber shares this user data, it is their close business partners, who end up being Google, Tik Tok, and Facebook. On-Line 3 of Part D Uber states, “Google, in connection with the use of Google Maps in Uber’s apps” and “social media companies, including Facebook and TikTok, in connection with Uber’s use of their tools in Uber’s apps and websites”. This really just shows that our data is mainly already everywhere, most of us use all these companies’ apps already which means our data has been flying around these companies for a long time now. I really just felt uneasy when it came to finding out that Uber has our personal data shared with other big companies that have been known to get hacked or information stolen easily. My overall conclusion is that Uber should allow users to choose if they would like to share their personal data with other companies because our data is important to us and it can really lead to someone taking your data which can lead to huge disasters like identity theft.
b)For the discussion this week I wanted to talk about the first option for the discussion posts. As this actually highly related to the assignment that I have been doing for the class as well. For my information system I chose to talk about Facebook. As many of us may know when it comes to privacy concerns and privacy policies Facebook has ample examples of different issues they’ve had regarding privacy. For example, one of the first issues they had was Facebook actually tracking any of the online purchases you made and then from that would post about it on your feed so that all your friends know what you have recently bought. In theory this does not sound like such a terrible thing. However, many of these first users were not aware that Facebook was allowed to track this information, let along publicly post without their permission. Information such as this has been long controversial with Facebook. As many individuals will find themselves posting parts of their lives on this but have a strict line drawn on what is actually shared. With all the controversies that have surrounded Facebook that made attempts to help solve this by allowing the user to opt out of the information sharing with what they are doing on their devices. However, many people might not be educated in how to disable things like this if they no longer want access. Depending on what information you allow to be shared it can go to friends, family, different business, or Facebook itself. As all the data on what you do is compiled then the information system can focus on accommodating your interests best, like more targeted ads. I do believe that we should have greated power over what of our information is shared. However, I believe that the bigger focus should really be on educating people on how to protect themselves if they do not want to share the information.