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Digital Privacy DeCal at UC Berkeley, Fall 2021

Week 11 Announcements

Nov 18

Week 6 Announcements

Oct 7

Week 4 Announcements

Sep 23

Week 3 Announcements

Sep 16

Week 2 Announcements

Sep 9
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Week 2 Assignment

Reflections on Big Tech

Review at least 4 items from the below list, state which items you reviewed, and respond to one or both of the prompts in a reflection of 300 words or more.

  • Considering the items you reviewed about big tech companies, discuss how each of these descriptors (“big,” “tech,” and “companies”) relates to the actions of these entities with respect to privacy. How might changes in size, technology, and profit motive affect how they deal with matters of privacy?
  • Drawing on these sources and your own experiences, discuss how the relationships between big tech companies and privacy have changed over time.

Format: Item title with link (time estimate, in minutes)

  1. Big Tech is Spying on Us: a collection of articles to freak you out and convince your doubting friends (variable)

  2. The Instagram ads Facebook won’t show you (2)

  3. Neofeudalism and the Digital Manor (14)

  4. Facebook’s Eroding Privacy Policy: A Timeline (3)

  5. Microsoft’s iron cage: Prison surveillance and e-carceration (22)

  6. The All-Seeing “i”: Apple Just Declared War on Your Privacy (8)

  7. Googlespeak™ – How Google Limits Thought About Antitrust (9)

  8. Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police (9)

  9. AI researchers tell Amazon to stop selling ‘flawed’ facial recognition to the police (3)

  10. 12 Accusations in the Damning House Report on Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google (3)

App Tracking

Use Apple App Store’s nutrition labels or Exodus to see what your current software is like in terms of privacy. Jot down a few things you noticed, your thoughts, things that surprised you, etc. (50+ words).

Week 1 Announcements

Sep 2

Week 1 Assignment

We’re still setting up Gradescope, so have this ready to be submitted as a text entry.

Review the below items, state which items you reviewed, and respond to one or more of the prompts in a reflection of 300 words or more.

  • In what ways do the arguments presented by the authors align or conflict with each other and your personal experience?
  • In what ways, and to what extent, does privacy matter?
  • Based on these sources and your ideas, explain the meaning of privacy.

Format: Item title with link (time estimate, in minutes)

  1. Why privacy matters (20)

  2. Shoshana Zuboff Explains Why You Should Care About Privacy (9)

  3. Surveillance is a fact of life, so make privacy a human right (10)

  4. How Capitalism Betrayed Privacy (7)

Week 0 Announcements

Aug 1

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