Invitation to the IDentifEYE conference SAFE ONLINE

You are invited to attend the international conference:


Safe Online: Behaviours, approaches and tools for a safer online environment


Tuesday, September 8, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EEST)


Crowne Plaza Athens – City Centre
Michalacopoulou Street 50, Athens 115 28


Youngsters today are in danger on the Internet because of not understanding the relevance of data.  They either too freely provide their own data and thus run the risk of identity theft or of an unwanted third party being able to target them, or they too easily believe the actuality of data provided by others and thus could become targeted by a third party who is disguised by a false identity.
On the other hand the Internet a great tool that offers youngsters many additional opportunities to their education, leisure time and social life. Internet is nowadays thoroughly embedded in our lives.
We thus need to come up with innovative approaches which will carefully balance theory and practice and promotes resilience, thus allowing youngsters to fully enjoy online experiences, while minimizing the impact of potential risks.
In addition to the existing training on Internet safety we need to help youngsters develop a deeper understanding of online risks and how they are related to their online identities. These identities concern their consciously or unconsciously projected identity as seen in their profiles or shown in their communicative interactions, but also encompass the way they are externally profiled and interpreted.
Educational technologists, psychologists, educators and ICT experts will present their views on the subject and engage in a creative dialogue with participants.
Especially teachers and parents are encouraged to participate in this interactive conference to learn about the experiences accumulated from a 2 year project (IDentifEYE) which conducted numerous workshops in schools around Europe.

Register here and stay tuned for the exact schedule and list of speakers.
Visit this link to learn more about the project:





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The origin of self-awareness

Anil Ananthaswamy writes about research on out-of-body experiences (OBE): “scans revealed that their sense of being out-of-body was correlated with activity in the temporoparietal junction (TPJ), a site that integrates touch, vision, proprioception, and vestibular signals. Here was some objective evidence that the TPJ is involved in the sense of self-location – where you perceive yourself to be.”

And: “patients who have reported heautoscopic hallucinations [a particularly intense doppelganger effect] typically show damage to the left posterior insula and adjacent cortical areas. Given that heautoscopic hallucinations involve emotions, it’s revealing that the insular cortex is implicated. The insula is the hub that integrates visual, auditory, sensory, motor, proprioceptive, and vestibular signals with signals from the viscera. It’s the brain region where the body’s states seem to be represented and the representations are eventually manifested as subjective feelings, giving rise to the perception of a bodily self.”

Philosopher Thomas Metzinger “argues that this feeling of being embodied comes before everything else. The next step in the process is when this primitive selfhood, turns into selfhood as subjectivity. “If you not only feel that you are in that body, but if you can control your attention, and attend to the body, that’s a stronger form of selfhood,” said Metzinger. “Then you are something that has a perspective, something that is directed at the world, and something that can be directed at itself. That is more than mere embodiment.” One idea is that minimal phenomenal self may also act as a thread through our autobiographical memories, helping us to build a narrative through our own life story”.

John Oliver on online harassment

Against VR sickness – Stanford Computational Imaging Group

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Strategies to deal with the slurry of dumb negativity online

Mic Wright comes up with the following strategies to deal with the slurry of dumb negativity online:

  1. “Respond with studied calmness and they’ll be skittering in their chair with frustration.”
  2. “Don’t be afraid to leave a hook in a trapdoor in a comment, a dangling clause just to befuddle the person you’re debating with.”
  3. “Accept good points and seize remorselessly on stupid ones.”
  4. “Reply to any reasonable comment and the odd unreasonable one. Spar often and your counterpunches will be more powerful.”
  5. “Argue with yourself before you have to argue with others.”
  6. “Be cautious of people who are seemingly on your side.”
  7. “Make your arguments, defend your points but don’t allow your energy to be sapped by people who only want to insult you.”

Selfish individuals’ brains start calculating when encountering trust

Christan Jarrett writes: “a team of Hungarian researchers from the University of Pécs has scanned the brains of high scorers on Machiavellianism [selfish individuals consider other people as mere tools to be leveraged in the pursuit of their aims] while they played a simple game of trust. Reporting their results in the journal Brain and Cognition, the researchers said they found that Machiavellians’ brains went into overdrive when they encountered a partner who exhibited signs of being fair and cooperative. Why? Tamas Bereczkei and his team say it’s because the Machiavellians are immediately figuring out how to exploit the situation for their own gain.”

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