Posted: 19/10/17

ADAPT researchers are taking steps to enable members of the public to engage with projects at their early stages. Through a 3-part series of workshops organised by the Bigfoot Digital Footprint team, people are being encouraged to explore their social media use and identities further.

The Bigfoot app allows users to compare their perceived social media use with the actual engagement they carry out. Through asking downloaders to complete an interactive survey, the Bigfoot team at ADAPT aim to achieve greater awareness for social media engagement. The initiative strives not only to help people assess their personal data sharing online, but also enables them to have their say on privacy issues relating to the future of digital content technology. Through bringing the Bigfoot app to the public at early stages of its development, ADAPT researchers are giving them a wider platform from which to voice their opinions.

Bigfoot Digital Footprint, a project led by ADAPT’s Dr. Kevin Koidl, has been made possible through funding from Science Foundation Ireland. The Bigfoot team have expanded upon the project greatly since its conception, with a recently created Social Media Identity Meetup quickly growing in size.

BigFoot Digital Footprint’s workshop series kicked off on Friday 13th October, with team members Melissa Hoover and Mark Farrell discussing the theme of Transparency. This session aimed to answer such questions as how to determine your digital footprint, how age impacts social media use and awareness, and more.

The next two instalments of this series will take place on the 20th and 27th of this month, during which the themes of Trust, Privacy, and Control will be addressed.

All members of the public are welcome to attend these free events taking place in the Global Room of Trinity College’s Watts Building. Workshops begin at 6pm and will provide guests with refreshments.

Please register your interest for Bigfoot Digital Footprint Workshop Series events by clicking here, and visit the Bigfoot webpage for more information on the project. 

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