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Privacy and territoriality issues in an online social learning portal

Anwar, M and Brusilovsky, P (2017) Privacy and territoriality issues in an online social learning portal. International Journal of Information Security and Privacy, 11 (1). 1 - 17. ISSN 1930-1650

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Following the popularity of Wikipedia, community authoring systems are increasingly in use as content sharing outlets. As such, a Web-based portal for sharing of user-generated content (e.g., course notes, quiz answers, etc.) shows prospect to be a great tool for social E-Learning. Among others, students are expected to be active contributors in such systems in order to offer and receive peer-help. However, privacy and territoriality concerns can be potential barriers to wide adoption of such technology. Understanding the preference for sharing learning content is the first step to address privacy and territoriality concerns of content providers. The authors conduct a survey among students in four university courses in order to learn their preference for sharing notes and quiz answers with three target groups: Instructor, peer, and stranger (i.e., someone outside their class). The authors also examine the preference for acceptable method of sharing by inquiring about three methods: "anonymous sharing," "pseudonymous sharing," and "sharing with name". They further investigate the importance of "content type," "sharing method," and "accessor type" on the preference for sharing. The survey also reveals respondents' self-reported reasons for controlling access to their generated learning content. The survey data indicate that even though the respondents have various levels of concerns, almost all of them are willing to share. The authors observe relationships between content type and respondents' preference over each of these parameters: Accessor type, commentator type, and sharing method.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Anwar, M
Brusilovsky, Ppeterb@pitt.eduPETERB0000-0002-1902-1464
Date: 1 January 2017
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Information Security and Privacy
Volume: 11
Number: 1
Page Range: 1 - 17
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.4018/ijisp.2017010101
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Information Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1930-1650
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2017 15:51
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2021 10:55


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