Tracking the trackers

I was asked to do a guest lecture in a course titled Awareness and Choices; Appropriating Skills for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, taught by Dr. Donald Thompson.

My lecture is The Changing Landscape of Information and Value:

  • Cumulative Human Knowledge and Value
  • Knowledge “Storage”; individual and collective
  • Information Access by Technology
  • Profiling, Landscape Emulation, Suggestibility

This short video was created in preparation for the course.

Tracking the Trackers

Using the Firefox Lightbeam addon, we visited 15 commonly visited websites and watched how many 3rd-party tracking sites linked to the browser behind the scenes.

Lightbeam addon for Firefox https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/lightbeam/