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Final outcome

First, fill in an form with questions and then a receipt will go out according to your answers about these questions. More


Net metering is an approach allows consumers who generate some or all of their own electricity to use that electricity anytime, instead of when it is generated. [31] According to the electricity amount used and generated, people will earn or pay money for the margin.  This inspired me about how data circulate on the Internet. People spend money to get access to the Internet, so they pay for their data flow. Meanwhile, data brokers and companies use people’s data to earn money. Can people know the net amount of cost for browsing the Internet? Therefore, I created… More

Data as currency

In ancient times, all salt, peppercorns, shells and dolphin teeth were in the forms of money.  Nowadays, the way of currency to pay for something has been unified and agreed widely. The issuance of currency is essentially building a common perception. Only a strong common cognition can create holiness and legitimacy, and money can be accepted by the public. For currency, this kind of common cognition is the credit and authority of one country. For digital money in games like World of Warcraft and League of Legends, this kind of common cognition is the support of players. More

Collection and use of data

To what extent people know their data are being collected and used? A July 2017 study revealed Tinder users are excessively willing to disclose information without realizing it. [19] Judith Duportail, who is a journalist living in Berlin, requested her personal data from Tinder with the help of privacy activist Paul-Olivier Dehaye. When email came back, she felt shocked about the   800 pages information collected by Tinder: her Facebook “likes”, her photos from Instagram (even after she deleted the associated account), her education, the age-rank of men she was interested in, how many times she collected,… More

Case studies

 Sensible data project Sensible Data by Martin Hertig is an interesting installation that asks what personal data is worth to you. [25] First, Take a selfie and upload it to iPad, and then, it gives a self-portrait sketch and writes down your mood, age, gender by a drawing robot. At last, the user presses a button for a stamp to own this postcard. After the game is completed, the user will receive an email from the device, sending them all the data (fingerprint, photo, and e-mail) that matching by the system based on absurd criteria (The… More

Paradox of privacy

If we concern quite a lot about protecting our personal data and feel uncomfortable about giving it away, why do we keep doing it? Researchers from WNYC made a project to explore this conundrum and it is called privacy paradox. It is a five-day series of challenges aims to help you know how you act online and take back control over your personal information and digital identity.[17] You will take a quiz about your privacy personality, and then receive series of newsletters and mini-podcasts.  Figure 2:  Privacy Paradox, WNYC In the challenge of the… More

Why privacy has died?

Marketing Online and offline data is now gradually integrated, and help marketers advertising more accurately, which has become a trouble for those digital privacy supporters. They will firstly assess users’ consumer capacity, evaluate their budget and price sensitivity, and then push advertisement according to private data. That’s how we fall into the trap of marketers. Some people might say, it’s a win-win situation, consumers can get what they need by being screened. However, are these things really what we need, or is it a rational price? During this process, consumers have fewer options. We… More

Human bias about privacy

“Natural language privacy policies have become a de facto standard to address expectations of ‘notice and choice’ on the Web. “[12] Usually, there will be an interface pop up to let you agree with their privacy policy when signing up an app or other internet products. However, there is ample evidence showing that users generally do not read these policies, or feel struggle to understand what they are reading for those who occasionally read. Reading the privacy policy of every website you visit would take you about 25 days a year, according to Carnegie Mellon researchers. [13] No wonder… More

About privacy

The fourth volume of A History of Private Life commences with the claim that ‘the nineteenth century was the golden age of the private life, a time when the vocabulary and reality of private life took shape.’ [5]The concept of privacy gradually formed in the Renaissance, and then in the eve of the industrial revolution, some citizens asked the legal system to meet people’s growing demand for the protection of personal privacy for the first time. With the advent of the industrial revolution, the number of population increased sharply, while at the same time quality of people’s life… More