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Internet and Data Privacy Guide

Tips for building a privacy practice with a critical technology lens

Introduction

Our engagement with technology and the internet has increased exponentially in the last decade with internet devices in our pockets, on street corners, and even in our household appliances. Maybe because of all this engagement, we assume that we understand our various internet-connected machines and activities. It's difficult to be fully aware of the data and internet surveillance complex, including the shifting surveillance laws governing digital spaces.

This guide is meant to act as a privacy roadmap and a provocation for further research. It includes information on internet privacy, data privacy, tools for building an internet privacy toolkit, and further readings for learning about surveillance and privacy.

Image Credit: https://www.ubyssey.ca/features/double-edged-sword/

Privacy as Practice

Internet and data privacy is a practice; it cannot be achieved by using a single encryption app or privacy product. Privacy practice is informed by critical technology studies and developed through research and engagement. Developing a critical technology lens involves asking questions about who could benefit from your data, how your data could be monetized, and how would you want your data to be shared. The resources included in this guide are meant to demystify some of these questions and inspire further research.

As technologies change rapidly, any links or applications suggested in this guide may become outdated or compromised after publication. Where appropriate, resources have dates of publication listed to date the materials. 

We encourage users to research any application or programs before downloading, using the resources listed as a springboard to developing a critical technology praxis.

Image Credit: https://sites.psu.edu/digitalshred/2019/10/22/virtual-privacy-lab-sjpl/