Week 8 Learning activities

The learning resources this week were framed around the four ethical issues of the information age, and the Play & Reflect activities this week relate to one, or more of these options as well.

You only need to complete one play activity and one reflect activity and it must be completed by 11.59pm, Sunday 8 May.


Option 1

Find a resource on the Internet that teaches you how to ‘read’ the Internet and improves your information literacy skills. It could be a video that teaches you how to decipher web addresses, or an article that tells you how to avoid clickbait. Share it in your blog post along with 3-4 sentences that tell us why it’s useful.

Option 2

Switch off. For one day only look at the Internet for things you ‘have’ to (i.e. work or study). Don’t read personal emails, go on social media, ‘Google’ an answer to a fact, watch YouTube or Netflix, shop online or do any other non essential activity. Keep a track of how many times you wanted to go online, and what for, when you were denied access.

Option 3 

Edit Wikipedia to improve the accuracy of an article. You can find information on how to begin editing here. As you have to spend some time editing smaller articles to prove your credibility then you probably won’t have time to edit the article you want to this fortnight. So for this play activity, join Wikipedia as a contributor, take a screenshot of some editing you have done on a minor page and tell us which page/s you would like to contribute to in the future.





We are covering a lot of things in this fortnight, you can choose to reflect on one or more of the prompts below:

  • Drones have huge implications for collecting data. How do you feel about them? Are they going to be helpful, or cause privacy headaches, and how will the information they collect be managed?
  • Is Mark Zuckenberg right when it comes to privacy?
  • The Internet is a storehouse of limitless information, some good and some bad. While misinformation can have serious consequences, is there a need for ‘fact police’ on the Internet or should we concentrating on information literacy to help people navigate the information?
  • Discuss the Declaration of the Independence of CyberSpace in terms of accuracy, if there is no censorship, does that mean no need for accuracy? Or is it up to the collective (ie the users) to chastise and take down misinformation?
  • What do you think about informational capitalism? Do you agree with Manuel Castells or not? Why?
  • Discuss the Declaration of the Independence of CyberSpace in terms of accessibility, it is arguing that we should be free from governments on the Internet, do you agree? How do things like data retention laws play into this?
  • Should access to the Internet be a human right? Why / why not? Discuss the implications of being, or not being connected in terms of finding a job, a place to live, buying goods, staying connected to friends, or anything else you can think of.
  • Internet piracy – is it ever okay? And how should legislators deal with it?






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