Week 3 Class 2 Rights and Safety

(Online today, no F2F) Class discussion

Create a Google account (choose a login and password that is different from your university ones, and send your gmail address to gracefulgrace@gmail.com). The topic of online right and safety is thorny. Issues can result in grave consequences for any individual or workplace, and you will see many powerful arguments for using web 2.0 tools as well as against it.

I believe, debates on whether the Web is safe for school kids/youth, or whether one should participate in Facebook or not, or whether companies must ban or monitor social media will completely miss the point. Web and social media are drivers of social and market changes, and balance is most important – simple that is. Any workplace and individuals must proactively plan, manage, evaluate, and improve online rights and safety, if they plan to leverage web and social media.

I encourage you to explore URLs here. If about an hour, watch first two videos. Then, check further resources #1, 2, 3, and 6, which talk about how to measure your online presence (Klout), how to build up your reputation (by utilizing popular services, such as facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc), and how to address/protect privacy. Others are related to policy and resource examples to address these issues through instruction or laws/regulations. Your comment for this posting is optional, but  don’t forget to complete respond to the next post, which asks you to summarize your understanding of the first three weeks contents.

  1. Be aware online filter bubbles (Eli Pariser, TED 9 min)
  2. Google Profiles, Online Reputation Management, and Digital Footprints by Wesley Fryer (the second video: digital dossier inside the link, 4 min is strongly recommended)
  3. The Online Amplification Effect by Margaret Soltan (many examples that show how stories can spread rapidly and affect individuals and workplaces)
  4. Your phone company is watching (by Malte Spitz, 9 min)
  5. Copyright-Friendly and Copyleft Images and Sound (Mostly!) for Use in Media Projects and Web Pages, Blogs, Wikis, etc. by joycevalenza – as an IDT major, if you want to share your work more with others or like to use their work properly, you must read this and also check the video on the top (3 min video)
  6. Your online life, permanent as a tattoo (Juan Enriquez’s TED talk video, 5 min)
  7. Recut, Reframe,Recycle by the Center for Social Media at American University – Did you ever wonder about whether you can use commercial work in your video or school project? Check the short video on fair use (about 4-5 min)
Further resources

2 thoughts on “Week 3 Class 2 Rights and Safety”

  1. Since the internet has improved so much, it have many tools that people can use to keep connect with others. But it may have problems such as the internet is open to everyone, and anything that opens to public may be spread without control. Also personal information may be collected by someone with specific purpose for that when people use the internet, there’s always something can be found. It’s really important to keep personal information secretly as well as take care of what you say on the internet.


  2. The internets is a vast and mysterious place. It is full of good, honest, hard-working people. It is also full of thieves, crooks, liars, and bullies. While using good internet etiquette is always the best idea, it sometimes is not enough for those who are willing enough to get your personal information and use it against you. The internet is a very small place due to the medium of the internet. Having such a small digital globe, innovation, creativity, and productivity can flourish, but we all must be weary about those out there willing to do harm.


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