Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Privacy Paradox Podcast...

This morning I heard about The Privacy Paradox on NPR radio. It's an "interactive podcast", which as best as I can tell means that after each new podcast episode is released, the listener is directed to complete a series of challenges, and then the next podcast episode will review the listeners' collective results.

In this case, there will be 5 challenges that you can complete with the goal of "taking back your digital identity".  The challenges include finding out what your phone is tracking about you, discovering how algorithms learn about and then sell your identity, reclaiming your privacy, and more.

I don't know if this is already the case, but the thought occurs to me that for a podcast to truly be interactive, rather than having pre-determined content, users' results could help decide what the next round of content ought to be.  For instance, the podcast's guest speakers could be selected based on the privacy findings of the users' first challenge on smartphone surveillance.

Another intriguing aspect of this project is the Privacy Personality Quiz to see if you are a Shrugger, Realist, or Believer.

For the record, I was notified that I'm a Realist.

This seems like a useful project that also seems like it could be both entertaining and fun.  Who wants to join me and then have a discussion?  You can choose whether it would be private or public, of course.



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