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Curation; Privacy

Hello everyone, one of the most interesting topics that we have discussed in class later was Privacy, and few people might think that they use privacy in the right way. Nobody think that their privacy is invaded, due to the small things they do on the internet that are converted into bigger issues later. As clicking on these small ads that have some photos that grab one’s attention, it may lead that person to get into the big privacy trouble.

I suggest using that article about the online privacy called “Internet Users Worry About Online Privacy but Feel Powerless to Do Much About It.” Basically, this article talks about findings and gathering some data about people who fall into the trap of privacy online. As it collects data about them, it conducts some surveys and polls to see how people could react to using privacy on the internet.  What’s even interesting/ironic about that article is that a large percentage of people do not believe that companies do have access to their personal information.

Also one of the interesting topics that were introduced in class is the “Do Not Track” episodes.

Basically, these two episodes are somehow related because they were talking about the cookies you always accept to continue what you were doing. It is always “ok or accept” rather than “No or decline”. These websites force you to always “accept” cookies to continue browsing on the website, and most of us do not even read the policies behind these cookies. That’s the episode discussed, and the website keeps on sending you ads that you were thinking about one week or two later, before you log into that website. It is simply invade your private life.

On the other hand, the Like Mining episode talks about Facebook and the likes you do on other accounts. Basically when someone starts to like other accounts as their favorite team, series, actors/actresses, so Facebook starts to track its users. When a Facebook user logs out, Facebook keeps identifying cookies in the browser, which are then used to track logged-out users across the web. And the weird thing about it it also tracks people who don’t use Facebook at all because of the cookies too. They track all the people who press on the “Like” button on Facebook and even who don’t even sign up for Facebook from other websites by cookies too.

Studio visits was a new thing to join just as Soliya but it was with Dr. Maha’s colleagues and friends. They discussed some issues about privacy. The most interesting thing was is that one of Dr.Maha’s friends introduce a new topic about privacy and my classmates and I comment on it. The thing is that the whole conversation provided new diverse ideas added by all the members from the group, as my classmates and I commented, we added some new ideas as well as they did, both listened and learned from each other. I thought that the conversation would be somehow awkward just as the first session of Soliya, but Dr.Maha and her friends were keeping the conversation flowing and we had the chance either to participate by video or just talking, or maybe typing. We chose the way that comforted us the most.

Check our video on Privacy-Studio Visit #4 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POHbDTAyYxA

To conclude, it was a very good experience as discussing these topics in class, and even to learn from it. I hope that everyone will be aware of the privacy issue and how it has a great effect on our lives, and my contributions are beneficial so other people could learn from it too.

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One of the themes that was introduced in class was “Fake News”, which was interesting as we have discussed many topics related to it. One of my colleagues came up with an idea of the “Nasa Girl” and we watched the story behind that girl. So I thought of creating something which is similar to what we did in class and what Sarah “The Nasa Girl” did.

A month ago, my classmates and I created the “Digital Narrative Games”, and it was done for a cause, as something you need to point out in the society. The idea of the game was to let people try out your game and learn from it. My game was about “People with Disabilities in the Egyptian Transportation”, it was basically talking about the situations that people with disabilities face at public transportation.

So I thought instead of launching a new digital game, the idea of creating fake news is even better. Spreading fake news in a form of social experiment just as this girl did was a great idea. We can do this social experiment on a small scale as the whole class spread news all over the campus for one or two weeks, and then see the results!

Soliya Reflection

Talking with people will always be my favorite thing to do. Soliya was basically a program that allow its members to talk with people all around the world, to express your ideas freely, and to know more about people’s cultures. These topics were practiced the most during the two hours of the weekly Soliya sessions. Like any other session, the Soliya facilitator introduced the program and the members on the group to each other. At first, all of us were shy and were getting used to the program and how it was going to progress throughout the whole month. Due to some technical issues, the Soliya program started one hour after its scheduled time, in addition, I see that the first session was too long even it was only one hour, but most of the time all the group members were in complete silence and people were uncomfortable talking including me. In order to get used to each other, so obviously we began to introduce ourselves, cultural backgrounds, and our identities as well. The thing is that I thought Soliya sessions will be on our normal weekly classes at the same time. In my opinion, I also see that the scheduled timings for each session will not suit everyone each week, but what I mean is that the class timings are the ones we’re all free and dedicating our time to that 75 minutes.

As the sessions progress, we started to talk more our lives in general, and each one of us talked about his/her identities, situations ones faced because their identities, and the most enjoyable part was about our cultures. The part that I’ve liked the most was talking about my Egyptian culture, and people were guessing the other’s cultures too. I was really shocked by hearing from them that Egypt is rich and full of history and a very interesting culture, and they even know more about our country than knowing the Pharaohs or the Pyramids. Every time when they hear Egypt they keep saying Mo Salah, and I was literally amazed by the great admiration they’ve showed. We started to talk about our differences and cultural differences too. This was considered one of my best moments in Soliya, as I began to learn more about cultures and people through joining the Soliya program. I also learned to listen to everyone as to accept their opinions and ideas and also to get some answers to any question that I want to know about any topic that was introduced during the program. The whole program was effective as the conversations progress and I had the chance to talk more with people from all over the world.

Most of the people who joined the Soliya program were doing it for academic purposes, and that’s what I thought of. But I knew later that other people joined Soliya for exchanging programs and improving their languages. By time, we are getting used to talking to each other and we’ve shared some jokes and weird facts about each one of us. Then, there is a thing that I also liked that is we had the chance to choose our next topic to talk about. It was so interesting that we had to pick up some topics that we were interested in, thus we thought together of choosing an interesting topic, which was media representation in our country. Most of us didn’t watch media on TV or other media platforms, but we talked mainly on things we like the most in our country’s media.

The whole Soliya experience was interesting and new, even at some moments the sessions were too long, but I learned new things about cultures and people. It was different from any other online communication I’m familiar with, it is similar to Skype or Facetime for example, but it is more organized as it gathers more than five people together into one group chat. Also, the most important part is that you raise a hand when you need to talk and release the microphone whenever you stop to avoid confusions between the voices of other group members. It was so organized and the facilitator was friendly and talkative in order to keep the conversations going. When I was done with the Soliya program, I thought of being on of their trainees in the summer to be a facilitator and I’m willing to engage in such programs they launch.

DO NOT TRACK Documentaries

In class, we were discussing topics about “Privacy” and how our lives are invaded in our society. It is very familiar to all of us because everyone had a different story with privacy in general. The “Do Not Track” website introduce many topics that are related to privacy and invading people’s lives. I was interested to know more about what are cookies and the like mining in Facebook. It was worrying but interesting experience because I learned so many things that I will be aware of it later.

Basically, these two episodes are somehow related because they were talking about the cookies you always accept to continue what you were doing. It is always “ok or accept” rather than “No or decline”. These websites force you to always “accept” cookies to continue browsing on the website, and most of us do not even read the policies behind these cookies. That’s the episode discussed, and the website keeps on sending you ads that you were thinking about one week or two later, before you log into that website. It is simply invade your private life.

On the other hand, the Like Mining episode talks about Facebook and the likes you do on other accounts. Basically when someone starts to like other accounts as their favorite team, series, actors/actresses, so Facebook starts to track its users. When a Facebook user logs out, Facebook keeps identifying cookies in the browser, which are then used to track logged-out users across the web. And the weird thing about it it also tracks people who don’t use Facebook at all because of the cookies too. They track all the people who press on the “Like” button on Facebook and even who don’t even sign up for Facebook from other websites by cookies too.

It is very worrying and weird that your privacy is invaded in most media platforms that you use daily. And it is hard too to read the very long cookie policy and its terms, but the thing is not to trust each media platform you use even it’s secured.

Game – People with Disabilities in Transportation

The game will include the situations that specific type of people in the Egyptian street face. It will also tackle how they feel about these situations and how they are able to deal with the obstacles. The situations will be deprived from people’s previous experiences.

To try it: People with Disabilities in Transportation (Final)

Previous links about my game: https://farrahamr.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/phase-3-the-game/ https://farrahamr.wordpress.com/2018/10/21/digital-games-2/

My last draft was about putting the blind guy in a two situations whether he/she is going to scream till death or pull himself out before the train moves and losing his/her cane. I worked more on keeping him/her alive, because not all the blind people die each day at the metro, it wasn’t logical so I changed it. Also, the game’s name was “Disabled people in the Egyptian Transportation” and I changed it to “People with Disabilities”.

I had more than two scenarios in mind as adding another type of people with disabilities as paralyzed people and also imagined them using different type of transportation other than the metro or taxi. I thought of having a paralyzed man/woman on a bus, who faced some obstacles in public buses, as some buses in Egypt do not have the automatic ramp that give access to the wheelchairs as an example. So if I had time I could’ve added this scenario too!

I searched about some people’s talks about their daily challenges at transportation in general. I learned to be a good listener as I imagined being in their place. For the blind, you can move, talk, and hear but you can’t expect what is going to happen because you can’t imagine or see what the world will bring to you. Even the deaf, he or she can see but can’t talk or hear or both, so the lack of communication was a great challenge for them to let people understand what they want.

Photo: Vectorstock and enbucle.

Equity

The first thing that came to my mind while reading the article “Please Keep Your American Flag Off My Hijab”  is the person behind the editing of the great photo of the woman has an English/American name, or not even a familiar Arabic name. For me, it is a weird thing that keeps me wondering why this guy is standing beside that woman or women in general who were hijab in the US. Also, one thing that is related to that topic is the “Class Divided” video that we’ve watched. At first, the teacher wasn’t that clear about the confusion that she did at the classroom for some days. But later, I knew that she had a point and she stood for other people’s rights even if they differ in race, cultural background or ethnicity. I learned not to generalize or judge people that I know or don’t know, because that could result in misreading people as it will cause some problems later. Because at the end everyone should live their lives without being judged or mistreated and enjoy their rights and freedom too!

Phase 3: The game

My game will include the situations that specific type of people in the Egyptian street face. It will also tackle how they feel about these situations and how they are able to deal with the consequences. The situations will be deprived from people’s previous experiences.

And here is the link to my game: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe9XCfIpzHrZy2VUjNF9io_PfoF5WLu0C7W06h6avQ68GDa4g/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1