“Data ownership and privacy”

Architecture1o1 and the past Design1o1 course are MOOCs aimed to build a community. It is their first GOAL. Stefano Mirti and Anne-Sophie Gauvin, the creators, are constantly working on it. No doubt. Iversity platform is not able to offer an agile and friendly response to this goal. The forum was quickly abandoned for a worldwide well-known, private social media: Facebook

Facebook Design1o1 Arena was born. With more than 3000 members it is a very vibrant community.

Advantages of Facebook Design1o1 Arena? *students feel at home in the Arena *few countries escape to Facebook *even online workshops were done on this messy platform…

Disadvantages of Facebook Design1o1 Arena? PRIVACY often mixed up with another issue of digital world: OWNERSHIP OF DATA.

Important issues in the case of a MOOC aimed to make a community… huuummm :0

So let’s go first with PRIVACY.

Definition: When something is private to a person, it usually means that something is inherently special or sensitive to them. The domain of privacy partially overlaps security, which can include the concepts of appropriate use, as well as protection of information. Privacy may also take the form of bodily integrity. (ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privacy)

What is wrong with privacy on Facebook then?

When you register to FB (or any social media platform like Instagram, Google+, Pinterest…) you agree that all the data you share via these platforms are the property of the company running these platforms.

This is OWNERSHIP of DATA and not PRIVACY. You have still the right, the ability, the freedom to share what you consider “public” data.

For example: you are able to make a comment and avoid clicking on “like”… also when you are walking in town, you are not walking naked because you are in “public”. Same in Facebook despite all the rules about friendship, sharing and so on. Don’t forget you are walking in town…in Facebook!

Now let’s examine OWNERSHIP of DATA.

Definition: Ownership of property may be private, collective, or common, and the property may be of objects, land/real estate, or intellectual property…The process and mechanics of ownership are fairly complex: one can gain, transfer, and lose ownership of property in a number of ways. (ref:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ownership)

How can I keep my data safe?

When you go to University, you abandon the property of your assignments by registering, as well as you did through Iversity enrollment. Are they making some profit with these data? Not so much, but it is the weight of history, they were the ones who in the past owned the knowledge hence the power. It is obsolete but few of the big players are ready to admit it.

Knowledge is everywhere and we are living the last battles around copyright and patents. The digital world is invading all the sectors of our society and warm welcome to copyleft, remix, collaboration, open data! Do you know that the fashion sector (shoes, dresses, shirts etc…) is doing very very well without any patent or copyright? yes, they can so we can!

We are in a crisis. We are shifting from the industrial world to the digital world. Not easy to know what to do with all these magic/diabolical digital devices we use and abuse. Some users and among them lot of states are pissing our PRIVACY, making the most of these connected devices to Internet. Same with private companies using our data to catch new markets.

Are we definitively powerless? On the contrary: we are, each of us and in community, lot more powerful thanks to Internet, thanks to social media platforms.

Is this MOOC not a perfect example?

Are you ready to enter this wonderful world and fight for what matters: your PRIVACY?

More nuggets : 1- Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters 2 – Andy Yen: WHY WE SHOULD ALL CARE ABOUT ENCRYPTION. REALLY Isabelle