Take a moment to think about how much time you spend using the Internet each day. Think about your use of social media on a daily basis. Consider the shopping you complete using an online vendor. Think about how and where you use your smartphone or tablet each day. Think about what type of data might be extracted from the selfies that you take.
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Discuss the following:
- How much of your personal information and data are collected on a daily basis?
- Who knows where you are each day?
- Are we willing to give up certain types of freedom to have more convenience?
- Who is tracking your location data on a daily basis?
- Should important decisions about your employment be made using social media information?
- Are there any social, security, or ethical concerns when someone seeks donations on the Web?
- In the aftermath of 9/11 and the changes to laws dealing with GPS on mobile devices, do you feel that Internet service providers (ISPs) should be able to turn on GPS to help find you in a disaster?
Once you have collected a few thoughts about your daily Internet use and your location data, share your thoughts with your peers. Discuss with your peers if you feel that individuals should embrace this new era of data sharing as a reality of a new data-based culture.