Leaving Digital Footprints

As an ed tech educator, we teach students about creating a digital footprint on the internet. Wikipedia defines a digital footprint as,

Digital Footprints are traces left by someone’s activity in a digital environment. There are two main classifications for digital footprints, passive and active. A passive digital footprint is created when data is collected about an action without any client activation, whereas active digital footprints are created when personal data is released deliberately by a user for the purpose of sharing information about oneself.

I was reminded of this concept as I was reading the local newspaper online and came across this article entitled, “E-mails detail UTSA professor’s fantasies“. Through the open records act, all of the professor’s emails were obtained and are posted online depicting his fantasies involving the students in his classes. Although this isn’t an example I would share with others, the article clearly demonstrates the importance of being aware of the nature of the digital footprints that one leaves on the internet. How unfortunate to learn this lesson firsthand in the public eye.


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