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LRC103 Internet Research Strategies: Week 11

A course guide of the library's one credit course offered in fall 2014

Week 11

Week 11: Social Media Information and Privacy

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the hidden implications of using social media
  • Analyze sharing settings on personal social media accounts in order to make more informed decisions



  • Split class into three groups, one for each article.
  • On the board: Summarize the article in 3 bullet points and write one question raised by the article about privacy or the function of social media.



  • Ethics for the Information Age, ch. 5



  1. Go to your Facebook profile. Click on the icon of the lock, then “Who can see my stuff?” and “What do other people see on my timeline?” 

  1. Log into your Gmail or Google account and  go to Look through the “Interests,” “Age,” and “Gender” categories.

Google and other online services (like Facebook, Twitter, etc.) offer users great access to many types of information, including personal data, maps, images and videos.  At the same time, using such "free" services sometimes means we are sharing details about ourselves that we may or may not be aware of. 


Write 3-4 sentences to answer each of the following questions:

  1. Were you surprised by how much you are revealing on Facebook and to Google? If you do not have Facebook or Google accounts, what do you use instead? Why?
  2. Adrian Chen's article, "The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed," talks about the way that Social Media companies try to protect you from disturbing content, but does so using low-cost labor. What are some of the problems with this system? What was your reaction to this article?
  3. Consider  your experience as a user of web services -- how has using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, and other services -- shaped your thoughts about online privacy? Do you think you are MORE or LESS concerned about privacy because you use these services?
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