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NETWORKED IDENTITY: 
Networks of Care &! Vulnerability 
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Bonnie Stewart 
University of Prince Edward I...
What do you want to be when 
you grow up? 
h"p://www.flickr.com/photos/1nker-­‐tailor/8378048032/
Wrong question. 
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What do you want to contribute?
Twitter = 
currently the most open network
Networked identities differ from roles
Always Multiple 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thuanygabriela/4754591985/
Always Hybrid
Always Connected
What are those connections made of? 
SIGNALS
Social networks are made of 
people. And signals. 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tmesis/21126825/
• Persistant – automatically recorded & archived 
• Replicable – can be duplicated with minimal cost 
& effort 
• Scalable...
Vulnerabilities in how 
signals are shared
Context Collapse 
…that awkward moment when you remember you 
friended your grandma on Facebook. 
Or that your students – ...
Quantified self
“The internet is on principle a system that 
you reveal yourself to in order to fully 
enjoy, which differentiates it from...
Identity theft
(+ teasing from friends)
Vulnerabilities in how 
signals are heard
Technical + societal vulnerabilities 
+ scale = 
BOOM h"p://www.flickr.com/photos/rowan72/8672846415/
“You’re doing it wrong”
“The more dangerous social-web-fueled 
gamification of trolling is the unofficial troll/ 
hate leader-board. The attacks o...
“You do not deserve to live”
Platforms 
default to powerful voices
So, just stay home and hide?
Digital signals are 
basic communications, in our time.
‘He said, "I'm going to give you the same advice 
that I give to everyone else with this problem: Stop 
using social media...
Resistance requires 
reconceptualization
Networked Identities 
l Aware of being 
watched 
l Aware of scale of 
attention 
l Build identity by 
repetition 
l Bu...
h"p://www.flickr.com/photos/cambodia4kidsorg/10728008326 
Networks of Care
Communications via limited-cues channels 
allows selective self-presentation and 
increased sense of commonality without t...
Professional value
Learning value
Teaching value
Immersion value
Accountability value
Support value
Connection value
Recognition value
Visibility value
Caring value
“The attention economy…isn't just about 
clicks and eyeballs, but also about the 
ways in which we selectively tend toward...
A way to contribute and 
speak back
Networked contributions > individual
Be the signal 
you want to see in the world
• Signal intentionally 
• Signal to build up others, not just 
yourself 
• Signal broadly 
• Signal patiently 
• Signal wh...
Understanding networked 
identity signals = key literacy for 
21st century citizens.
Thank you. 
@bonstewart 
bstewart@upei.ca
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Networks of Care & Vulnerability

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Live slides from a conversation with Alec Couros' EC&I831 class about the risks of social media participation for educators & scholars, as well as the very real connections and caring that can emerge in the process.

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Networks of Care & Vulnerability

  1. 1. NETWORKED IDENTITY: Networks of Care &! Vulnerability ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Bonnie Stewart University of Prince Edward Island
  2. 2. What do you want to be when you grow up? h"p://www.flickr.com/photos/1nker-­‐tailor/8378048032/
  3. 3. Wrong question. !
  4. 4. What do you want to contribute?
  5. 5. Twitter = currently the most open network
  6. 6. Networked identities differ from roles
  7. 7. Always Multiple http://www.flickr.com/photos/thuanygabriela/4754591985/
  8. 8. Always Hybrid
  9. 9. Always Connected
  10. 10. What are those connections made of? SIGNALS
  11. 11. Social networks are made of people. And signals. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tmesis/21126825/
  12. 12. • Persistant – automatically recorded & archived • Replicable – can be duplicated with minimal cost & effort • Scalable – can be amplified & go viral • Searchable – automatically tagged with metadata - boyd (2010) Digital Communication Signals
  13. 13. Vulnerabilities in how signals are shared
  14. 14. Context Collapse …that awkward moment when you remember you friended your grandma on Facebook. Or that your students – or your VP, or your new boss – follow you on Twitter.
  15. 15. Quantified self
  16. 16. “The internet is on principle a system that you reveal yourself to in order to fully enjoy, which differentiates it from, say, a music player. It is a TV that watches you.” - Edward Snowden, in The Washington Post
  17. 17. Identity theft
  18. 18. (+ teasing from friends)
  19. 19. Vulnerabilities in how signals are heard
  20. 20. Technical + societal vulnerabilities + scale = BOOM h"p://www.flickr.com/photos/rowan72/8672846415/
  21. 21. “You’re doing it wrong”
  22. 22. “The more dangerous social-web-fueled gamification of trolling is the unofficial troll/ hate leader-board. The attacks on you are often less about scoring points against you than that they’re trying to out-do one another. They’re trying to out-troll, out-hate, out-awful the other trolls.” - Sierra (2014) “You do not deserve attention”
  23. 23. “You do not deserve to live”
  24. 24. Platforms default to powerful voices
  25. 25. So, just stay home and hide?
  26. 26. Digital signals are basic communications, in our time.
  27. 27. ‘He said, "I'm going to give you the same advice that I give to everyone else with this problem: Stop using social media and get rid of your computer.” Nicole replied that she wasn't the one who had a problem with the computer—it was Adam who had that problem.’ - Beaumont (2014)
  28. 28. Resistance requires reconceptualization
  29. 29. Networked Identities l Aware of being watched l Aware of scale of attention l Build identity by repetition l Build ties by visible communications
  30. 30. h"p://www.flickr.com/photos/cambodia4kidsorg/10728008326 Networks of Care
  31. 31. Communications via limited-cues channels allows selective self-presentation and increased sense of commonality without the interference of non-verbal cues, limited cognitive resources, or temporal constraints. Hyperpersonal communications
  32. 32. Professional value
  33. 33. Learning value
  34. 34. Teaching value
  35. 35. Immersion value
  36. 36. Accountability value
  37. 37. Support value
  38. 38. Connection value
  39. 39. Recognition value
  40. 40. Visibility value
  41. 41. Caring value
  42. 42. “The attention economy…isn't just about clicks and eyeballs, but also about the ways in which we selectively tend towards each other, and tend each other's thoughts -- it's an economy of care, not just a map to markets.” - Bowles (2014) Two sides of the attention economy
  43. 43. A way to contribute and speak back
  44. 44. Networked contributions > individual
  45. 45. Be the signal you want to see in the world
  46. 46. • Signal intentionally • Signal to build up others, not just yourself • Signal broadly • Signal patiently • Signal what you want to contribute
  47. 47. Understanding networked identity signals = key literacy for 21st century citizens.
  48. 48. Thank you. @bonstewart bstewart@upei.ca

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