Molly Wood writes: “The second generation of digital citizens – teenagers and millennials, who have spent most, if not all, of their lives online – appear to be more likely to embrace the tools of privacy and protect their personal information. Disappearing-message apps like Snapchat and Cyber Dust have been embraced by young people who aren’t eager to leave too much of a digital footprint. Video apps like Vine and Instagram let you create an edited version of your world instead of uploading all your personal details. … Last year around this time, the Pew Research Center reported that 86 percent of Internet users had taken some kind of steps to avoid being identified or tracked online, even though almost 60 percent of them thought that true online anonymity was impossible. They might be right about anonymity, but others might still argue that keeping at least some privacy is worth a shot.”
Beata Staszynska‘s and my research and experience confirm that youngsters are anxious about their privacy. The only problem is that they often do not even know what “profiling” is, let alone how it works. That is why we are conducting our Dynamic Identity pilots – to empower informed reflection among youngsters on the subject.

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