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User awareness

From: Patrick Parslow <p.parslow@reading.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2009 11:59:06 +0100
Message-Id: <B6355ED1-37C7-4742-A303-7B447687708D@reading.ac.uk>
To: public-social-web-talk@w3.org
At the W3C Workshop on the future of social networking, we discussed  
the importance of raising user awareness of issues relating to their  
digital identities.

The issues of privacy and security relate to this, and obviously any  
move towards a more portable social graph impact upon it.  We have  
been doing some work on educational materials to help people think  
about some of the issues.  These aren't about the technical ins-and- 
outs, but rather about raising the user communities awareness of how  
they are building a form of digital reputation through their  
interactions with social networking sites.  By raising public  
awareness, it is hoped that there will be a greater level of public  
debate, and better design decisions can be made.

As an example of the sorts of learning materials we are producing at  
the moment, you can download a free copy (as in beer, and also as in  
Creative Commons) of our workbook from http://www.lulu.com/odinlab  
(you can also order printed copies, at cost).  The workbook is already  
being re-purposed by a number of other organisations.

It was suggested at the Workshop that user education might,  
potentially, be an area where the W3C could take a lead - and one of  
the primary purposes of this email is to elicit a discussion on this.


Pat Parslow, BSc, MSc, MBCS, CMALT
Ambient and Pervasive Intelligence group
Computer Science and Informatics
School of Systems Engineering
University of Reading
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