An important part of online collaboration and activity is the issue of privacy.
While I have created several sources of information about learning online, posting details, submitting documents and presenting data to the world, I beleive it is vital that students have an understanding about the potential dangers to supplying such information freely on a public portfolio.
This section is designed to explain why some details of this portfolio are not available, and why some are active.
It is possible to secure your details only to specific people. This can be done through activating password protected areas of a portfolio. However, this removes the potential for prospective honest emplyers and researchers to fully utilize all your resources.
The pupose of this portfolio is to be used simultaneously as a teaching resource, and a reflection on learning. For this reason, no security protocols have been initiated on my portfolio. This promotes my belief as both a teacher and software designer that free access and open source data is a viable progression towards the better of all students. Anyone is granted access to this site, and thus, specific details about my personal life, local details and any other issues I do not wish known remain unpublished.
Identity theft is a crime that refers to the fraud of an assailant pretending to be their victim in order to steal money or get other benefits on their behalf. This can include redirecting standard payments such as salary and welfare, or copying credit cards or cheques for the purposes of purchasing goods illegally.
Australia has one of the higest cases of identity theft in the world. This Sydney Morning Herald article details how the crime costs this country over two billion dollars every year, and that was almost a decade ago; imagine how much is being lost today!
Piracy among youth is one of the driving forces behind all the legislation proposals coming from politicians today. The Attorney-General claims Australia to be the biggest pirates in the world. While I do not deny Australia has a large number of pirates, we are fortunate in this country that we remain unexposed to the blatant disregard for intellectual proper on display in other countries. This portfolio is open-sourced and therefore people are encouraged to use anything they wish in the classroom, but not everyone in the world has created something they wish to be free, and everyone should respect that.
Importance of details
As I mentioned above, it is important to remain conscious of exactly what you are telling the public. The best advice I can give is not to post details such as your address, employment and education history, bank and finance details and details of your family. Most importantly, I would adamantly suggest that you do not post a picture of yourself to the public. This advice extends to other online portfolios such as Facebook. You can be contactable, but do not post details so someone can pretend to be you. An account can always easily be hacked.
Simply put, publish for people you trust, or don’t publish at all.
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