What I really want from this class is to learn more about what it means to be a digital citizen in other realms beyond my own. I come to this class as that millennial stereotype – I grew up on the interwebs with the latest gadget in my pocket courtesy of a techie dad. I’m a slightly active participant in the world of Facebook/Googlization/Snapchat and whatever else ‘defines’ my generation. I’m also a librarian. Not one to deal much in the regular digital world (I work in a non-public domain), but my colleagues and I do plenty involving the digital: we blog, we have an internal social network, we have a wiki, we content-share, do emails, etc. and the list goes on and on. What’s it like for others? What are other aspects I may not know about and should?
One specific aspect is the legality of it all. Privacy is a huuuuuge issue, especially lately with the end of the Patriot Act and the USA Freedom Act and all the hackings going on everywhere. I feel like I only know a little bit about it, when I should know a lot. I’ve also studied plenty about it in library school, but that was years ago and things change like the weather. I know a fair amount about fair use (see what I did there…), since I come across that pretty frequently in my day-to-day job. I hope we get into a more interesting discussion regarding privacy and copyright, especially in the social aspect. From the book world, the latest copyright laws are crazy important with regards to ebooks (UGH, bane of my existence!) to getting foreign material. What does it all mean for us on a broader, more social level? What does digital citizen really mean and really get at? Citizen makes me feel like a part of some community, but then looking at what the digital part of that means.. I feel like I’m in a community whose personal rights have pretty much evaporated.
I’m curious about it all. All of that. The academic version and the personal response. We all live in this digital world in some form or another and I want to hear what other people in other domains think about these issues or what their concerns may be.