Week 09: Data Identity

Instructor Notes

Instructor Notes

This week we are taking a closer look at the data-trails and profiles left in the wake of digital life.  An invisible component of our digital identities is the big data that we leave behind.  We each have a collective profile of places we go (location services), items we browse (shopping), music we listen too, politics we like, people we follow, and so on.  This constitutes the digital story we may not choose to tell, but is told nonetheless.

Understanding the depth and nature of big data is an important component of digital literacy.  To live and function in the modern world practically requires a data footprint.  A data story that evolves with you over a lifetime.  This is difficult for many to accept.  There are some who claim the game is over, and that it doesn’t really matter anyway.  That is,  privacy is gone, and has been gone for some time.  And that’s ok.  I look forward to your reaction and reflection on this module, particularly the notion explored in video 3 for this module – The End of Privacy.  What do you think?


Class Podcast


Class Soundtrack

This is a collaborative playlist in Spotify.  If you have a Spotify account (free), I will invite you to contribute, but it’s not required.  This is tied to a few class activities and will evolve based on your ideas and input.


Open in Spotify   



We’ve used Twitter extensively in past versions of this course, but it is no longer required.

We’ll keep using #inte5340 if you want to post and share things here – it’s useful for connecting with #inte5340 and #ds106 communities as well as the Social Fiction Challenge.

If you post to Twitter, be sure to use #inte5340 so we can find it.



Weekly Watch

Who owns your data?  | What Big Data Says About You | The End of Privacy
(highlight video title above to discuss | click on playlist icon to pick videos )

Week Two Tasks

(1) Watch and annotate the videos in the Weekly Watchlist (above).

(2) Complete the Weekly-Thing.   Each week we will ask you to do a small thing related to this week’s topic.  The Weekly-Thing is posted to the #mixtape channel on Slack each Tuesday.  Find it.  Do it. Post it to the #mixtape channel.  

(3) Read & annotate the following article(s) within your assigned hypothes.is group:

Helbing, D., et. al. (2017, February). Will Democracy Survive Big Data and Artificial Intelligence? Retrieved October 07, 2017, from http://bit.ly/2y1LONL 

Botsman, R. (2018). Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizensWired.co.uk. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/2y1NoO5

(4) Summarize & Reflect on your growth & discovery in this module.  

On your blog, summarize your learning, productivity and participation for the past 3 weeks.  This will be the basis of your module grade. Demonstrate evidence of your effort and creativity – tell me, show me, and sell me.

Embed ALL of your creations in the blog post.  This should be a gallery of your work for this module.

Explain your hero’s journey of the past 3 weeks using a mix of media.   Any combination of text, graphics, audio, video, etc. Consider week 1 (orientation); week 2 (hero’s journey); and week 3 (renovations) in your post.

Answer all of the following questions:

  1. What was your favorite topic, article or video? Why?
  2. What was the best hypothes.is discussion? Why? Provide quotes.
  3. What was your favorite creation from a classmate? Who impressed you? Why?
  4. What did you make and what tools did you use? (challenges, dialogs, weekly-thing)
  5. How did you challenge yourself? What was your biggest stretch?

Post a link to your blog post in the #module-03 Slack channel when done.




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