What Should I Be Worried About?: Explaining information privacy and security concerns to students, researchers, and university faculty

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What Should I Be Worried About?: Explaining information privacy and security concerns to students, researchers, and university faculty
Presenter(s) Sarah Myers West
Title(s) PhD Candidate
Organization(s) Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, USC
Project(s)
Country(ies) USA
Social media @sarahbmyers
2017 theme Internet Freedom: Present & Future

Figuring out the future of Internet freedom includes a pedagogical dimension: how do we teach these concerns to students, other researchers, and faculty members? This session aims to bridge the practitioner-scholar divide by focusing on outlining a curriculum focused on privacy, surveillance and digital security that could be applied at the undergraduate level. A secondary objective is to workshop a guide we’ve been developing that tries to explain digital security for other academic researchers. In this session, we hope to:

- Identify what’s unique about digital security in the university setting. This might include things like university IT services, partnerships with IT companies like Google and Adobe - Brainstorm how to teach digital security to undergrads. What kinds of skills should they learn? What are good ways of conveying this information, particularly for students who aren’t particularly concerned about their privacy? - What should academic researchers know, particularly those engaged in qualitative research? One thing in particular we’d be interested in doing is coming up with a list of privacy-protective and privacy-invasive research tools that could be shared more broadly.

Though these are some of the main objectives we’d hope to achieve during the session, we’re open to others’ ideas. Our main goal, given the audience at IFF, would be to bring digital security trainers and academics into the same room so that we can learn from each other and build upon one another’s work.

Format Conversation
Target Groups Journalists, Security Trainers, Advocacy/Policy Professional, Academia, Front Line Activists
Length 1 hour
Skill Level Novice
Language English


Session Outputs

Next Steps

Translating the discussion into 1. a security guide for academic researchers (particularly for qualitative methods) and 2. developing an undergraduate syllabus designed to teach security and privacy

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