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This site has been developed by Greg O’Hanlon at the School of Creative Arts and Technologies, Ulster University. It is primarily intended as a resource for third-level educators and students where it is hoped it will encourage further discussion on the central matters raised, and in turn foster a wider awareness of the online environment. While the focus of this site is Facebook, we should also recognise that Google, Amazon and Apple raise similar questions in terms of privacy and data profiling.

At this point in time Facebook is the leading social network and its application within higher education is widespread. The application may not be endorsed by course teams, however, if every student in a class or programme is connected, and every student is discussing their progress, sharing resources, and providing peer support, then whether or not the application is being utilised officially is surely meaningless?

Facebook’s business model, and its potential to impact behaviour through operant conditioning presents a multifaceted challenge for educators, and society at large.

    We have shown through the development of our own communication and collaboration platform, Random Twist, that a contemporary, media-rich, private network for both students and staff is possible utilising open-source tools while also ensuring that data ownership is never transferred to third parties.

    Though every effort has been made to provide accurate and up-to-date resources, this subject is dynamic and contingent upon respective terms of service, privacy policies and national regulations. The site’s footer indicates the date of the most recent update.

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