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An overview of week one

The overall theme for this first week of our course is ‘Digital access and information inequalities’, and we’ll be breaking that down into three activities: Digital society and citizenship: If …

Getting the most out of this course

How this all works Each week will have a theme, and we’ll learn about it through videos, articles and discussion. There will also be other optional tasks and exercises you …

Bye for now…

That’s it – we’ve made it! We hope you’ve enjoyed this free online course on Becoming a Digital Citizen: An Introduction to the Digital Society. We also hope you’ve been …

On becoming a digital citizen

We have nearly reached the end of our learning journey together and it’s time to reflect on some of the questions, ideas, and concepts that we have considered regarding the …

What Is Crowdsourcing?

Crowdsourcing is not a new activity, but the opportunities afforded by digital technology have allowed it to reach new levels of potency. There is some lack of consensus on exact …

Social media as a uniting force

The internet, and social media in particular, has broken down tremendous boundaries. Once, if we wanted to talk to someone at the other side of the world, we would probably …

Using social media for political engagement

Young people aren’t interested in politics anymore. They don’t vote, they don’t join political parties, and they don’t trust politicians in the slightest. For instance, the Financial Times blog, in …

CENSORED

Do we have a censorship problem? Wikipedia defines censorship as… …the suppression of free speech, public communication or other information which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, politically incorrect or …

Surveillance and Tor

Tor is a free software project for online communication. In this video, Dr Philip Garnett takes a look at Tor and how it can be used. The Tor Project team …

Anon.

The iconic Guy Fawkes mask drawn by David Lloyd for Alan Moore’s graphic novel V for Vendetta is now probably more synonymous with ‘hacktivist’ group Anonymous. The impact of the …

Good practice for social media

You can choose to approach social media however you want, but there are certain things you can do which will help you get the most out of it… Above all, …

Bullying in the internet age

Bullying has been one of the great beneficiaries of the internet age. Before the internet, bullying was generally confined to the institution: the school or the workplace, and associated public …

Public shaming and the mob

Someone is wrong on the internet – how do you respond? Social media, comments sections, forums, all of these are fundamentally discursive tools, so response is certainly an option. Perhaps, …

Engaging with research literature

350 years after the first academic journals were published, the journal article remains central to the communication of scholarly information. But with most scholarly articles now digital and online, the …