Final Project EID 100


Group: Jessica Plume & Danica Smiljanic

Task: Created a 3-5 minute edited video

Audience: Students in Toronto who are in the last few years of high school. They are accustomed to using social media, but they do not know how to get the most out of it, nor do they know about many of the challenges or security issues that we have learned about in class. 

About: What we to create a documentary about a high school students digital footprint. We went out on the streets of Toronto and asked people what they thought social media was as well as what advice they would give high school students who are entering college/university or heading into the work world. As well we interviewed 2 high school students a boy and girl to get there view on social media and what kind of digital footprint they have created for themselves. Over all we discovered that the two high school students did know about the privacy settings and were both careful of what they had posted. After asking the students these questions we opened there eyes into their next steps after high school and just how careful they should be on the internet with privacy settings not just with there Facebook. Overall this documentary was really interesting to film and edit together to see other people’s view on students digital footprint and get there views and opinions on the topic. Hope you enjoy the “Documentary on high school student’s digital footprint”.

Lecture source: Lecture we based our documentary off of was: Module 4: Privacy, securty & Intellectual property by: Guy Hoskins (Prezi lecture)

Academic sources: Attached are the sources from course readings as well as outside academic material: 

Pew Research Internet project:

By: Mary Madden & Aaron Smith 


Digital Foorprints: Assessing Computer Evidence

By: Peter Sommer 


Facebook privacy setting: Who cares?

By Danah boyd and Eszter Hargittai.


#10— Infographics and Data Presentaion

This weeks module was based on making an info-graphic about one of Avinash’s blog posts. I chose to make an info-graphic on Data representation. The experience of using piktochart as a template for an info graphic was hard to get used to. The templates provided are nice and very neatly organized but editing is a pain. I would rather just create my own info graphic on photoshop. With that said, its always a good experience to try new methods of production. I liked some the ideas that he had in terms of design and liked it!

Here is a link to the blog that the following info-graphic was based off of.

Click the image below to view a larger version on Piktochart.

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#9— Coding

This week was focused on the importance of code and how computer programming works. Through the use of code academy I learn how to code html and css for web design. The site offers tutorials and lessons in several coding languages such as ruby, htmls and css, j-query, java-script and more.  After using the HTML coding trainer I learned how easy creating a website can be and programming is literally just like a language. It’s not all numbers and illegible code,  each line of code has a specific instruction for the computer and makes sense even in to a beginner. I sometimes am forced to use code in my program; coding arduino computer chips which has a lot of capabilities however is nowhere near as fun as html and css (which is more design based). Below are a few screen-caps of the exercises the badges I earned doing the tutorials. I would definitely recommend this site to anyone that is interested in getting started with code or have a curiosity about programming languages and how they work! 


#7—Create a Web App


This week’s session was focused on the UX of design. I used Appy Pie to create my own web/mobile app and put my UX skills to the test. The link is provided below. All images used are property of Ryerson University and found directly off Ryerson’s website. 

The creation of this web app was fun and and relatively easy to use however I don’t think it is a great platform to use for anything other than a demo. It heavily relies on social media like facebook, which I deem as personal and think would deter many people from using this system. In addition ( from my experience at least) I don’t find it very easy to make the user experience as  fun and intuitive as possible. With free web application as these it is fun to use an get our mind thinking but creating a sustainable web app would not be ideal with Appy Pie.

# 5—Curating your information: Tweetdeck


This week we were given the option to explore the uses of the tools “Tweetdeck” or “Hootsuit” and Link our Twitter accounts to the application and examine the difference in the curation of information and the more popular options we have online like Google. As far as presentation and usability goes Tweetdeck is a fabulous option for avid twitter users. It acts as a modern dashboard, constantly updating you with the latest information and allows you to see what people are doing online along with managing your own online interactions. You can use Tweetdeck to post on your behalf . If I were to compare Tweetdeck with another search engine like Google, I would say that the biggest difference is that Tweetdeck offers a much narrower scope of information with much more modern/ updated results. This can be an listed as an  advantage AND a disadvantage; Although it might give you more specific results, it isolates broader inputs that may also be of interest/ highly related; ultimately adding to your information and results. As far as a system filtering, managing, and uploading online content goes; applications like Tweetdeck are far superior to Google and I would highly recommend its use to company’s looking to curate their social media/ content or even a daily user. For me however, I’m stick to google for now—mostly because its already of second nature to me. 

#4—Privacy and Security: Learning from Lightbeam


This week we were asked to download Firefox web browser and use their add-on called Lightbeam to track out third party interaction online. This is a review on my experience.

Lightbeam is a add-on designed for Firefox web browser. The purpose of Lightbeam is to help internet users visualize third party sites and cookies that emerge through sites we use. Cookies are snippets of code embedded in your browser. The purpose of some cookies is for identification of the user and safety, however they are also used by third party sites to track your movement across the web and therefore target you with specific ad content. Third party sites use the information that these cookies provide in order to further developed their market and target you with related advertisements to the content being used on the internet.

The Lightbeam interface provides a data visualization of the content you have explored online and what third party sites track your cookies. After using Lightbeam for the first time I found it  could be a bit confusing, I found the graph option to be the easiest to interact with. However the list and Clock are great visual aids as well, it just depends one how you interpret data. 

The graphs can be a little bit confusing to read at first but I quickly figured out that the purple lines represented the cookies and which lead to third party use. I was able to make the connection between social media buttons on sites. These social media buttons left a third party cookie trail to the social media sites.

One thing that I wasn’t surprised to see was that google was providing the most third party involvement. There was googleadservice, googlevideo, googlesyndication, googleanalytics, ajax.googleapis, gstatistics, googleusercontent, and more. Another interesting point was sites that I accessed through their main URL often had similar sites like the Google example, that acted as third parties. For example while using I was linked to and with I was linked to and so on.

Overall I found this add-on very interesting to use and really exposed me to the vastness of my digital footprint. When see certain add on my side-bar I am no longer surprised at the results I used to think to myself: “ what relation does online shopping have  when I am searching for results in a sociology course?” It turns out that the internet know what I want to see better than I do, which I can’t say I’m all too comfortable with.