Future proofing your identity

Dupree, Diana (2009) Future proofing your identity. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    "If you drop a frog into a pan of boiling water it will leap out. However, if you put a frog in a pan of cold water and gradually increase the heat until it is boiling, it will stay there until it is scalded to death... sometimes we need to be aware of things that creep up on us before it is too late!" (Stomm cited in Öqvist, 2009, p1). You may consider that you have a right to personal privacy. However if you regularly use the internet you will inevitably leave digital footprints: small records of your interaction which may be far from private and which may collectively have an unwanted impact on your future. The growth of Web 2.0 technologies, such as social networking and blogging, has made it easier to digitally interact with our friends, family and others. The messages we leave behind in our own name or in discussion with or about others can all be linked together to form a virtual shadow or online profile. Data collated about our personal lives from other digital sources such as CCTV, medical and criminal records and information we provide government agencies add to this profile at each interaction and can persist beyond our control. This creeping abuse or potential abuse of our privacy is often incremental and not normally noticed until it is too late to manage. There is growing evidence (Career Builder, 2008) that employers are increasingly utilising the Internet to gain "value added" information on candidates and are using this new information to eliminate applicants based on what they find. This project aims to make the reader aware of how their personal interaction with the internet could affect their future employability and provides some guidance on how to manage their online profile. When sharing personal information online we should do so in an informed way, with an awareness of how that information may be interpreted, potentially years into the future, by an external party who may have an agenda far beyond the context in which we originally shared our information. The ubiquity of digital data storage and the ease of collating or linking diverse sources of data containing information about us presents new moral and social issues which will impact our lives in ways we may not only find surprising but also potentially damaging (Dessimoz et al, 2006).

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Computing
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/680

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