05-436 / 05-836 / 08-534 / 08-734 Usable Privacy and Security
Print your homework out and submit it in person at the start of class (3:00pm) on Thursday, April 23rd. Homework will not be accepted after 3:00pm on that day.
- Part 1 (30 points): Teenagers and "tweens" are major users of social networking sites, yet are also still learning how to navigate in the world in a way that maintains their security and privacy. As a result, many organizations have written advice either directly for teenagers or for the parents/teachers of teenagers to help them maintain their security and privacy while using online social media. Find an example of security/privacy advice (e.g., a webpage / handout / instructional guide) for teenagers using online social networking sites. Note that you may have more success searching for online "safety," rather than online "privacy" or "security" advice. Write one paragraph summarizing the advice given and one or two additional paragraphs critiquing the advice given, noting both good and bad characteristics, as well as what is missing.
- Part 2 (70 points): Now, write your own security and/or privacy advice for teenagers using online social networking sites. You may target your advice towards teenagers themselves, or to parents/teachers. Your advice may target a single site/service, or social networking sites in general. Furthermore, your advice can take whatever form you want (written, illustrated, webpage, song, etc.). Be creative!
Note that you don't necessarily have to fully implement your idea. For example, you may include notes about graphics and other implementation details without actually implementing them. Similarly, if you write a song, you don't actually have to perform it, although if you would like to, that would be great. If you are proposing a video, you can just include a script and storyboards and not make the whole video.
- Part 3 (9-unit students should not do this part. 12-unit students will receive between 0 and 30 points for this part): Write a 3-7 sentence summary and short "highlight" for one optional reading assigned for April 14th and April 23rd.