At the iSchool, we talk a lot about personal privacy and online tracking and the like. Classmates have talked bout exclusively using private browsing, obsessively clearing their history and cookies, or using ‘uncommon’ browsers that disallow all the tracking that goes on as one typically surfs the internets. I’ve not generally been so concerned: I’m alright with companies like Google or Facebook collecting my data, labeling me as a 20-something techno-savvy university graduate who likes tea and knitting and targeting my ads. I am interested in how people react to being tracked, however, so when Paul Reinheimer directed me to Collusion, a super neat plugin for Firefox that helps you visualise who is tracking you, and how they share their data, I was instantly sucked in.
It’s also fun to see how many weird connections you can make. To wit: Paul’s tweet.