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Managing Your Digital Footprint presentation for #5Rights Youth Leadership Group by Nicola Osborne


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Managing Your Digital Footprint presentation by Nicola Osborne (EDINA, University of Edinburgh) for the Young Scot #5Rights Youth Leadership Group event on Sunday 22nd April 2018.

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Managing Your Digital Footprint presentation for #5Rights Youth Leadership Group by Nicola Osborne

  1. 1. Managing Your Digital Footprint Nicola Osborne Digital Education Manager, EDINA | @suchprettyeyes #UoEDF #dfmooc
  2. 2. Statement of Respect I want everyone to feel that this session is a safe space. I respect your privacy and will keep your comments confidential. Please respect each other in the same way These values should also apply to conduct online. Treat others as you'd like others to treat you.
  3. 3. What does your digital footprint look like? 4
  4. 4. What you don’t see there… • Some overly honest blog posts from my time as a student. They were deleted and removed years ago. • Chat room logs from the late ’90s (pre-Google!) • Student film reviews– still out there but hard to find. • Writing that appeared in print in the early ‘00s but was never put on the web. • Any childhood pictures or posts – the internet wasn’t around then for me. • Pictures I don’t like on Facebook – my tagging settings are strict. 5
  5. 5. It’s not just Facebook & social media… My digital footprint includes • Work webpages, news. listings. • Pictures and video of me on others’ photo sharing sites, websites etc. • Things people have written about me – reviews, student comments, etc. • Discussion board/forum posts. • Purchase history. • Mobile phone and app data. • Profiles you can’t search for: advertiser profiles, behaviour data, etc. Yours might also include • Snaps, WhatsApp group chats. • Memes and gifs you’ve made or your content has featured in. • School or club or activity websites or photos. • Gaming profiles and activities. • Profiles, activity and interactions on music sites. • Profiles about what you do, when and where from phone apps. • Comments you’ve made, received or been mentioned in online. • Your parents’ shared photos, posts, etc. 6
  6. 6. We are building up giant searchable archives of everything we’ve ever browsed, shared, said or done…
  7. 7. Why does it matter? • Reputation • Privacy • Credibility • Employability • E-professionalism And on rare occasions • Legally
  8. 8. Things change: 5 Years Can Be a Long Time... Mhairi Black has handled it well (tweets now deleted and many more positive tweets in their place, press questions calmly handled) but this isn’t a situation you want to be in
  9. 9. • What you and others say online – (usually) stays online – even in spaces that feel private and personal. • If content is deleted it cannot be recovered (it almost always lives on a server somewhere) • No one will remember what is said in a few months/years… • Direct messages, private messages, Snaps, etc. are totally private (they can be screencaptured/saved, some apps can also access/accidentally expose content) • If something bad/damaging appears online, you can't do anything about it (you can use Right to be Forgotten requests and/or GDPR rights*, you can block and report users, and you can outweigh the bad with your own more representative content) *See: regulation-gdpr/ Common misunderstandings
  10. 10. From work with our students: 5% of University of Edinburgh Managing your Digital Footprint research participants* had found information about themselves online that they did not think was public. * 2014-15 surveys, total responses: 1457
  11. 11. When did you last Google yourself? Or search with Bing? Or DuckDuckGo (recommended)? Digital loop, digital footprint by Seth Eckert
  12. 12. My 12 Top Tips 1. Don’t post anything stupid (and know that you can delete things). 2. Check your privacy settings including on gaming platforms, websites, etc. 3. Don’t Panic. 4. Crowd out the bad stuff with the good 5. Remove content and untag 6. Avoid trolls (if you can) and, if you can’t, stay calm, report, ignore. 7. Copyright – don’t use anything you don’t have permission to use 8. Check your phone settings (apps, camera & mic access especially) 9. Think about your data 10. Consider legal issues and rights in social media 11. Respect others just as you’d want to be respected yourself 12. Know what your digital footprint looks like
  13. 13. And sometimes you might need to have some awkward conversations to educate family and friends about pictures, tagging, sharing, privacy… 14
  14. 14. Questions & Discussion Further comments and questions welcome: