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Project expectations and resources

TL;DR: Submit a 300- to 500-word text you have written about exploring a topic in digital privacy by 04-24.

This written assignment consists of exploring a topic related to digital privacy and writing about  your experience. The text of your submission should be 300 to 500 words in length. You are welcome to include images, audio, and other non-textual media as well. We plan to create a project gallery on the course website on which you can, optionally, display your work. The project counts for 20% of your grade in the course.

Project ideas

  • Host at least one privacy-respecting service and write a reflection about your experience.

  • Contribute time to a project related to digital privacy (such as privacy-related open-source software or technology-related Wikipedia articles) and write a reflection about your experience.

  • Begin to reimagine software for privacy. Choose part of a program with significant privacy implications and clearly justify your selection. Then, outline an alternative design with comparable functionality that better reflects your desired privacy outcomes. How does the user interface guide user decisions with respect to privacy? How does the functionality affect the privacy of its users? Mockups and other visuals can be especially helpful for this area. (A good place to look for ideas could be !)

  • Investigate a topic covered in this course and write about what you find. This could be presented as a research paper, interview, or even a detailed reflection.

    • You may refer to the course overview and slides to review topics.

    • You could investigate a category of services and compare the privacy implications of the available software. For example, you could investigate the range of consumer cloud storage services (such as Google Drive and iCloud Drive). You could use alternative software directories (such as as a starting point in identifying software in a particular category.

    • You could read a book as part of your investigation process.

Optional online availability

As an optional extension, you may submit a version of your text as a webpage or website. We have listed some resources for online content creation below.

Tentative criteria for evaluating projects

AreaFull pointsPoints available
Explorationexplores something relevant to the course, goes beyond the main material of the course, demonstrates more detailed knowledge of the topic6
Responsedetailed and considered response; suggests that the student devoted time and energy to their work and developed substantive ideas; focuses on a coherent set of themes and ideas; communicates ideas clearly10
Satisfies requirementsmeets word count requirement; refers to sources appropriately, using a connsistent format such as MLA; uses at least 3 citations; uses formatting appropriately4