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Living and working on the web: A final reflection

Since September 2015, I have been making blog posts for the UOSM2033 module. Throughout this experience, I have learnt about the benefits and the risks of maintaining an online profile, and have also been able to develop my own substantially. I have developed my LinkedIn profile over the course of the first semester. I created an account a while ago and had forgotten about it. Now, I know its value, I have updated it with information about myself, experience, jobs and education. Continue reading →

‘Free for all.’ What could go wrong?

First of all, check out the short Powtoon I made… This week I am going to be discussing the advantages and disadvantages of a content producer making their materials freely available online. Open access is defined nicely in this video: ‘Open access is free, immediate, online availability of research articles with full re-use rights.’ This means the content is available to anyone wherever in the world. Continue reading →

Reflecting on Topic 4: How nosey are our employers?

This week’s topic of privacy was very broad and it allowed me to focus on something of interest: do our employers spy on us? I found that it was much more than just social media ‘stalking.’ In fact, employers can potentially spy on their workers from many other means such as security cameras in the office, access to employees’ work emails and search history, and perhaps even a company phone fitted with GPS would give a boss the ability to track his or her employees. Continue reading →

How nosey are employers?

We’ve already established that, while we might feel safe and hidden behind a screen in our bedroom or office, this is not necessarily the case. Justine Sacco may have had it coming, but someone like Ruth Palmer was completely innocent and unaware of her identity theft. Palmer’s stolen content was not even offensive, but an identity thief can still use content to manipulate and put someone’s reputation in danger. Continue reading →

Online professional profiles: Reflecting on Topic 3

This week, it has been interesting to read and write about creating an authentic professional profile, while developing my own on LinkedIn. I am in the process of updating my professional profile for LinkedIn. I have long noticed the value of blogging from my own personal blog. Bryony commented asking me about this (I replied as I have to all my comments) and I have to say, I really write about whatever I want to at the time. Continue reading →

Developing an authentic online professional profile

Today, recruiters look for talent early on. Some even approach high schools- not to mention there are several job fairs every year at university. I set up a LinkedIn account a while ago, and it has been useful to maintain connections with people in certain industries (e.g. from work experience or career fairs), but I am aware I need to put more effort into my professional online profile. Continue reading →

Online identities: Reflecting on Topic 2

This week’s topic of online identities has broadened my knowledge of online personas and security. For my blog post, I explored the implications of having multiple online identities and weighed up the pros and cons. I considered my own ‘online footprint’ and brought up my own relevant experiences of having multiple online identities for different purposes. I began to think about the amount we share unintentionally- for example, the ‘cookies’ we leave behind. Continue reading →

Managing online identities: you have a lot more ‘identities’ than you think

Back in the day when the internet first was a ‘thing,’ we could remain relatively anonymous; not to mention, we could surf the web with little worry about identity theft and fraud. This old web expanded and changed rapidly. Today, people wish to communicate online with authentic identities like a well-maintained Facebook profile. Not to mention, businesses nowadays like to build customer profiles in order to recommend user-specific products, and consequently keep hold of personal histories. Continue reading →

Digital ‘Visitors’ or ‘Residents.’ What’s it all about?

Digital scholar Marc Prensky is known for coining the terms digital ‘Natives’ and ‘Immigrants.’ These terms have been widely accepted, though also criticised for over a decade. It is more recently that the terms digital ‘Visitors’ and ‘Residents’ have challenged Prensky’s theory. This newer approach works in the same way by looking at individuals’ web usage, however; it does not categorise them according to age and background. Continue reading →