Social Networks, Privacy and Technology Discussion (470 words)

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Problem #2: Is Facebook public?

A high school senior put a photo of herself in a bikini on Facebook. A district school system used the photo and the student's name in a community seminar urging people to be careful about what they post.

The student sued the school district claiming that it violated her privacy. She said she believed that only friends and friends of friends could see the photo.

a) Write a statement and your justification as if you were arguing the case for the student.
b) Write a statement and your justification as if you were arguing the case for the school district.


Problem #2: Detecting emotion on smartphones.

Researchers are developing a system to detect a person's emotions while they are talking on a smartphone or other device.

a) Write a statement assuming you were the researchers. Describe all the wonderful potential applications for your project.
b) Write a statement assuming you are social scientists and privacy watchdogs. Describe potential annoying, manipulative, or abusive uses.

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Problem #1: Is Facebook public?

The usage of her photo was illegal because it violated Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and the policies that govern Internet usage and privacy of the school district itself. According to her Facebook privacy settings only friends and friends of her friends could see the photo. The school district is responsible for the violation of the privacy of the student, because they knew what the content of the community seminar was, and yet they still allowed the event to happen....
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