This week was an eye opener in several different aspects. We spent a great deal of time in the weekly conference, on the discussion posts, and through this week’s videos discussing, talking, listening, and learning about exactly how the internet, the digital world, and technology combined are impacting the world we live in right in front of our eyes. Many times, we do not even realize this is going on until something happens, or a particular topic is brought to our attention, and we actually take a step back and truly and openly look at what is going on.

Digital footprints are essentially the breadcrumb trail we leave behind…

As technology becomes more and more actively involved and necessary in today’s world, we must realize that along with every great thing, there are still drawbacks and negative impacts that can potentially occur. When we think about the Internet and the limitless supply of and access to resources it can provide, as well as the continuous entertainment and connection portal it has made available to us, we tend to overlook any undesirable affects that may also occur. 

This week we also discussed digital footprints, and the impact they can have on personal as well as professional lives for years to come. Digital footprints are essentially the breadcrumb trail we leave behind as we search, interact, study, purchase, and play online. Digital footprints can be intentional, but most of the time they are accidental and the users are not aware of what they are leaving behind. Intentional digital footprints would be along the lines of an e-portfolio. In this case, the user is creating a space to store and share artifacts, lessons learned, activities, projects, etc. with other people. Many times, the users create these platforms in hopes of having future schools, employers, educators, or coworkers look at them and possibly visit them regularly.

Unintentional digital footprints are those you leave behind without realizing it. An example of this is when your search history is tracked and recorded in the background and this information is sent to other companies, vendors, more to use for target advertising in your future searches and web usage.

One example of keeping a clean and positive digital footprint is when I started working at Chevron, I was on an interview panel, and anytime we had a close race between two or more candidates, the first thing that always came into play was their social media accounts and a Google search of their name. I try to stress this to my students to let them know the impact that this could potentially have on their future careers and more!

Overall, I did a lot of soul searching this week. I discovered my digital footprint is clean, positive, and professional. I learned quite a bit about the extremely interesting advancements in technology, specifically smart phones, since 2000! I also learned a lot about net neutrality, and gained several useful resources that I will be digging into deeper as soon as I find a few minutes of spare time!

Below I have listed a few resources I have found useful this week, as well as some that I am looking forward to filtering through when I have more time.

Resources:

Brodkin, J. (2017). The Internet needs paid fast lanes, anti-net neutrality senator says. Retrieved fromhttps://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/06/the-internet-needs-paid-fast-lanes-anti-net-neutrality-senator-says/

Coldewey, D. (2017). These are the arguments against net neutrality – and why they’re wrong. Retrieved fromhttps://techcrunch.com/2017/05/19/these-are-the-arguments-against-net-neutrality-and-why-theyre-wrong/

Common Sense Education. (2014, September 9). Digital life 101 [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkwmD6OQrWQ

Fung, B. (2017). Amazon, Kickstarter, Reddit and Mozilla are staging a net neutrality online protest. The Washington Post. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/06/06/amazon-kickstarter-reddit-and-mozilla-are-staging-a-net-neutrality-online-protest/

Kuropatwa, D. (2014, May 5). #WhileWalking 124: The internet extends & amputates our senses [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWyxWyLoUsQ 

Selyukh, A. (2017). FCC votes to begin rollback of net neutrality regulations. NPR. Retrieved fromhttp://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/18/528941897/fcc-votes-to-begin-rollback-of-net-neutrality-regulations

TEDTalks. (2014, July 8). A 30-year history of the future | Nicholas Negroponte [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b5BDoddOLA

 

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