Things that caught our eye

Controversy around Cyberbullying Law in Illinois

26 Jan, 2015   | by:

A by now much discussed piece of state legislation in the US has made it to European news. The Guardian reports that the new controversial law in Illinois would ask children to reveal their Facebook passwords if the school has reasonable cause to believe that a student has broken the school’s social media policy. Under the legislation the school has the right to this request even if an incident took place outside of school premises and after school hours. Some school officials report that the media has largely exaggerated the controversy around the law, as Illinois schools had some of these powers already. You can read more here and here.



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Things that caught our eye

A Game Designed To Teach Teens About Privacy

30 Oct, 2014   | by:

The University of New Mexico’s Computer Sciences department has developed a comic book art style game to address the issue of privacy on the internet. In their research paper, the researchers introduce the game ‘Immaculacy’:

“This interactive story takes the player on a journey, through a world in which personal information is in constant jeopardy. The player is placed in the role of an eighteen-year-old girl, Sydney Carlisle.”


“Immaculacy is an interactive story that immerses the player in a slightly dystopian world littered with privacy issues. Events unfold in the narrative based on hidden scores kept during gameplay and calculated based on specific decisions made by the player. Ultimately, we hope to create an engaging environment that helps players consider the decisions they are making in their own lives. We give the player experience with many privacy issues through their explorations of a world of hyper surveillance and connectivity.”

While the target audience for the game is very broad: “[i]n general, any smartphone owner or person who uses the Internet on a regular basis can benefit from and enjoy this game”, the rating of the game could reach up to ‘Teen’. The researchers expect that this might be possible “due to the psychological nature of the game.”

The game has been submitted to the CHI Play Student Game Design Competition held last week, for other competitors have a look at the competition’s website.

The game itself also has a website:  EXIT | Immaculacy: A Game of Privacy.


Image: Nathan Rackley

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Remembering and Forgetting in the Digital Age: Are Machines taking over those tasks for us?

6 Oct, 2014   | by:

Over the past year and a bit I’ve been looking at how the digitalization of information and – well – many other things are affecting how we, companies or the government remember and forget things and how law should react to this in order to ensure the right amount of information is remembered respectively forgotten. Not an easy task, as many different perspectives and interests are involved. More…

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