Are you feeling lucky?
Your digital Identity
Kirsten Thompson
@_KirstenT | K.Thompson@adm.leeds.ac.uk
1. Digital identities
2. Personal VS Professional
3. Managing your identity
Outline
1. Digital identities
‘Digital identity can
be defined as all
the online
information and
data specifically
about an
individual.’
(Last accessed ...
Creating an account on
the social web is a
choice.
Having a digital identity
is not.
We all have a digital
footprint.
Your digital identity =
everything about you
on the web
Verified / non-verified
– both important
What else are you
sharing?
WHOIS database
Location services
Social media privacy
Mobile device security
How do you verify who you are talking
to online? How do others verify you?
How easy is it to steal
your online identity?
Who
manages
your digital
identity?
This was posted on Twitter during a recent
conference presentation #NoEscape
Definition of a meme:
‘noun
1 an element of a culture or
system of behaviour
passed from one individual
to another by imit...
Some companies
create profiles for
us using public
information on the
web – inaccurate
and merging
identities.
.com
What will you
find?
The Wayback Machine has archived
over 240 billion web pages from
1996 – think about your digital
footprint
http://archive....
Are you feeling lucky?
You can
manage your
digital identity,
you cannot
control it
2. Personal VS Professional
How do you currently
use social media?
1. Finding and using
content on the social
web
2. Joining and building
networks
3. ...
Challenges idea of digital natives and immigrants
“Our Visitors and Residents typology should be understood as a
continuum...
• See web as untidy garden tool
shed
• Defined goal or task
• Select most appropriate tool for
task
• Need to see concrete...
Map your online activity e.g.
Personal
Professional
Visitor Resident
(@DaveOWhite, Talking About Teaching
Event, Universit...
“Don’t say (or do)
anything you
wouldn’t on 5
Live.”
Rory Cellan-Jones
Social media = public
Separate personal and
profess...
Email
Do you use the same e-mail address to
manage all your social media accounts?
Are you merging personal, professional ...
When
things go
wrong…
http://news.uk.msn.com/uk/twitter-trolls-u-turn-after-users-threaten-to-tell-his-mum
Case: Lord McAlpine falsely accused
Alleged offence: Libel
Case: Twitter users name victim of rape by
footballer Ched Evan...
Case: Juror Joanne Fraill contact defendant in trial by
Facebook
Offence: Contempt of Court
Case: Paul Chambers joked on T...
653 people faced criminal charges in England and
Wales in 2012 in connection with comments on Twitter
or Facebook.
These d...
3. Managing
your identity
Are you feeling lucky?
Start thinking like a search engine –
be the top of your own search
results.
Use Google Alerts
to keep updated on
what others are
saying about you
(your work, project
etc) on the web. It
won’t search...
accidentaloutlaw.knowthenet.org.uk
Existing laws apply online as they do offline – new Defamation
Act 2013 (good news). BBC Defamation article
Only share inf...
Think about security and privacy
1. Use official mobile apps and trusted third-party apps – check reviews.
2. Location ser...
Keep
updated
about
online
safety
and the
law
www.socialmedialaw.co.uk
www.thatsnonsense.com/
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  • White, David S., and Alison Le Cornu. 2011. Visitors and residents: Towards a new typology for online engagement. First Monday 16(9). http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/viewArticle/3171/3049 Last accessed 30/05/13
  • White, David S., and Alison Le Cornu. 2011. Visitors and residents: Towards a new typology for online engagement. First Monday 16(9). http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/viewArticle/3171/3049 Last accessed 30/05/13
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    1. 1. Are you feeling lucky? Your digital Identity Kirsten Thompson @_KirstenT | K.Thompson@adm.leeds.ac.uk
    2. 2. 1. Digital identities 2. Personal VS Professional 3. Managing your identity Outline
    3. 3. 1. Digital identities
    4. 4. ‘Digital identity can be defined as all the online information and data specifically about an individual.’ (Last accessed 26/06/13 at: http://distance.uvic.ca/students/identity.htm) Your Digital Identity
    5. 5. Creating an account on the social web is a choice. Having a digital identity is not. We all have a digital footprint.
    6. 6. Your digital identity = everything about you on the web Verified / non-verified – both important
    7. 7. What else are you sharing? WHOIS database Location services Social media privacy Mobile device security
    8. 8. How do you verify who you are talking to online? How do others verify you?
    9. 9. How easy is it to steal your online identity?
    10. 10. Who manages your digital identity?
    11. 11. This was posted on Twitter during a recent conference presentation #NoEscape
    12. 12. Definition of a meme: ‘noun 1 an element of a culture or system of behaviour passed from one individual to another by imitation or other non-genetic means. 2 an image, video, piece of text, etc., typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by Internet users, often with slight variations.’ (Oxford Dictionaries, online, last accessed 09/07/13 at: http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/meme) Grumpy Cat meme
    13. 13. Some companies create profiles for us using public information on the web – inaccurate and merging identities.
    14. 14. .com What will you find?
    15. 15. The Wayback Machine has archived over 240 billion web pages from 1996 – think about your digital footprint http://archive.org/web/web.php
    16. 16. Are you feeling lucky?
    17. 17. You can manage your digital identity, you cannot control it
    18. 18. 2. Personal VS Professional
    19. 19. How do you currently use social media? 1. Finding and using content on the social web 2. Joining and building networks 3. Creating, curating and sharing content 4. Improving productivity 5. Managing reputation Activity
    20. 20. Challenges idea of digital natives and immigrants “Our Visitors and Residents typology should be understood as a continuum and not a binary opposition. Individuals may be able to place themselves at a particular point along this continuum rather than in one of two boxes. Nor is a predominantly Visitor approach necessarily any less effective or of less value than a predominantly Resident approach since the value of either has to be set against a given context and set of goals. Similarly, we do not consider the Visitor to be necessarily any less technically adept than the Resident.” (White and Le Cornu, 2011, http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/viewArticle/3171/3049) Visitors and Residents
    21. 21. • See web as untidy garden tool shed • Defined goal or task • Select most appropriate tool for task • Need to see concrete benefit from use of a platform • Relatively anonymous • Try to avoid the creation of digital identity • Caution: identity theft, privacy • Sense that online social networking is banal and potentially a time waster • Will use technology to maintain relationships • Web offers set of tools to deliver or manipulate content (including conversations) • Tendency to respect (and seek out) authoritative sources • Thinking often takes place offline • Users, not members, of the web • See no value in ‘belonging‘ online • See web as place (park, building) where clusters of friends and colleagues meet • Live out a proportion of their life online • Distinction between online and offline increasingly blurred • Sense of belonging to a community • Have a profile in social networking platforms • Comfortable expressing their identity online • Web is a place to express opinions, to form and extend relationships, maintain and develop a digital identity • Aspect of their persona remains once logged off • See web as networks or clusters of individuals who generate content/opinion • No clear distinction between concepts of persona and content Visitors Residents (White and Le Cornu 2011) How do you see and use the web?
    22. 22. Map your online activity e.g. Personal Professional Visitor Resident (@DaveOWhite, Talking About Teaching Event, University of Leeds, 2013)
    23. 23. “Don’t say (or do) anything you wouldn’t on 5 Live.” Rory Cellan-Jones Social media = public Separate personal and professional, makes each presence more useful to your networks You’re not anonymous on social media – dangerous to think you are Impact of liking, re-tweeting Click the video to watch
    24. 24. Email Do you use the same e-mail address to manage all your social media accounts? Are you merging personal, professional and institutional social profiles? Social media sites encourage us to integrate our email address book – your email contacts will find you, whether you want to be found or not.
    25. 25. When things go wrong…
    26. 26. http://news.uk.msn.com/uk/twitter-trolls-u-turn-after-users-threaten-to-tell-his-mum
    27. 27. Case: Lord McAlpine falsely accused Alleged offence: Libel Case: Twitter users name victim of rape by footballer Ched Evans Offence: The Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 Case: Social media users circulated alleged pictures of child killer Jon Venables Alleged offence: Contempt of Court http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20782257
    28. 28. Case: Juror Joanne Fraill contact defendant in trial by Facebook Offence: Contempt of Court Case: Paul Chambers joked on Twitter that he would blow up Robin Hood Airport Offence: Sending a “menacing electronic communication” under the 2003 Communications Act Case: Reading man Sean Duff mocks dead children on social media sites Offence: Making “grossley offensive” comments under the Malicious Communications Act 1988 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20782257
    29. 29. 653 people faced criminal charges in England and Wales in 2012 in connection with comments on Twitter or Facebook. These divided into offences committed on the two sites, such as posting abusive messages, and those which had been provoked by messages, including violent attacks. Many of the offences, such as harassment or threats to kill would have been committed, albeit in a different way, before social media was invented. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20782257
    30. 30. 3. Managing your identity
    31. 31. Are you feeling lucky? Start thinking like a search engine – be the top of your own search results.
    32. 32. Use Google Alerts to keep updated on what others are saying about you (your work, project etc) on the web. It won’t search everything, but can assist in managing your digital identity.
    33. 33. accidentaloutlaw.knowthenet.org.uk
    34. 34. Existing laws apply online as they do offline – new Defamation Act 2013 (good news). BBC Defamation article Only share information when you have permission and obtain permission to publish someone else’s work Avoid making comments and being supportive of the comments or actions of others, if they could get you in trouble. Everything shared on social media, regardless of privacy settings can be captured. Educate your social network – your “private” Facebook Timeline is only as secure as the devices you/your Facebook “friends” use. Put simply…think first, share second
    35. 35. Think about security and privacy 1. Use official mobile apps and trusted third-party apps – check reviews. 2. Location services – what else are you sharing with the world? 3. Are your mobile devices secure? What information are you giving away if your device is lost/stolen? Is your device set up for remote wiping? 4. A service or App might be secure, your internet access might not be – think about what you do/where you do it – public Wi-Fi can be dangerous. 5. Do you need to remain logged into all apps at all times? Think about your web history too. 6. Be wary of hackers, account cloning, phishing scams, rogue links. 7. Unused accounts at risk – monitor or close | consider strong password security.
    36. 36. Keep updated about online safety and the law www.socialmedialaw.co.uk www.thatsnonsense.com/

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