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Karen Young

Open Participants 2019, The Network

Digital Surveillance in the Age of FAGMA-Field Guide Part 2 – How to read a Online Business Privacy Policy

Digital Online Surveillance exists because we agreed to allowing our data to be collected by an external source. (I am not counting the facial recognition software that is being used in China to rank and identify people- that is another discussion entirely.) We clicked agree on a policy. But how many of us know what to look for? How do you read those Privacy Policy Statements and Policies that most of us just skip so that you understand exactly what […]

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Digital Surveillance in the age of FAGMA- Field Guide Part 1 Emails

Do you have an email account? GMail or Outlook or Yahoo?  Guess what? Unless you are paying money for that free account it does not belong to you. Violating their terms of service means they get to shut you down. They own your information. They can shut you down for any reason. And they do not have to explain. And unless they decide to play nice, your information is gone. Who even knows if they have read it or not?Lesson 1: […]

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Gifs and memes

Is there a difference?Really I am not sure if it matters as it is just another way to tell a short story.Today is Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day.Who knew?And our Daily Digital Alchemy task was to create a short story about grilled cheese.I am a mother of three men. I know alllllll about grilled cheese.When my son is gaming this is the call I get from the basement.He did it the first time as a joke, but now he actually says […]

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Presentation of Selfies in Everyday Internet Life

It's taken me a while to write this post for multiple reasons, life (sick dog, vacation, etc.) and the topic itself. Part of the reason is I did not grow up in a world where a selfie was a thing so the urge to photograph myself is just not bred into me in the way it has been in younger people. A camera, rolls of film, processing the pictures, storing them was actually expensive and time consuming. Photos were not […]

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#dda268 #netnarr Here is Your Unlikely Hero. Go.

Can you make any character the heroic center of a story? Try this one..Need a disgusting character for ur fiction? Just sat next to a woman who picked off her fake nails 1 by 1 & then used 1 to pick her teeth.— Alyson Indrunas (@AlysonIndrunas) April 13, 2017Take this character and write the opening paragraph to a story in which this unlikely person saves the internet from it’s dark, greedy overlords.She stood there, in plain sight, working at separating each of her […]

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Fakeville

So here is my trigger. The latest move by New York to allow women to control their bodies and allow abortion at any stage to protect their physical health has stirred up a whole host of friends within my social network to post nonsense about late term abortion and just abortion in general. A big issue for me as a woman, as a mother and as an human being. I'm pro-choice-who else is going to advocate for my health except […]

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The dark side

I will miss all or most of the in class activities since I am on the dark side of the planet, while it is still early evening for all of the students at Kean University. So I was unable to participate in either the Twitter chat about Zeynep Tufekci's Ted Talk or the vistual chat with Chris Gilliard.But I am also in the dark about many of the technologies used to surveil us (I've just made surveillance into a verb-sorry!) […]

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Reflections so far…

I think sometimes it takes a course like this to wake me up from my complacency. Maybe it's not complacency so much as the idea that I expect the world to treat me the way I treat others (or hope I do). I am going to be polite, I am going to try and do what is right according to the way I was raised and I will try not to hurt anyone. I know, for example, that much of […]

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Where Am I (And Where Am I Not?)

At the start of any course these days, I am always a lurker. I don't engage immediately because I need to read the ground rules, figure out what is going on and hopefully engage my brain before my mouth (or my fingers.) When I was younger I used to engage right away, without knowing the rules sometimes with very good results but not always. As with any medium where we are engaging with fellow learners, we're human, we make mistakes […]

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How I see the web

My idea of the webSo #netnarr people this is me with my laptop in Latvia, my current home until my husband (or the army) decides it's time to go somewhere else. I use the internet to regularly talk to my children, parents and friends. These are the relationships that keep me sane and allow me to just say, "Sure honey, I'll just pack up and we'll go." (Not that I don't get upset with the moves but hey that's life!) […]

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Hitching up to Netnarr

So day one and half of getting into Digital Alchemy and Networked Narratives ( I am counting finding the Internet Mapping project as part of my half day as I don't have a printer hooked up to this computer and I need my husband to print it off which sounds so lame. But we've already blown one motherboard hooking up the printer since we've moved to Europe! And of course, I ask him after he has printed it the first […]

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