Scholars Discuss Issues of Privacy, Trust During Oct. 10 ‘Connected Courses’ Webinar

A group of scholars who have been studying issues of online privacy, trust and security will meet Oct. 10 to discuss concerns and solutions during the latest in a series of webinars that are part of the free online course, “Connected Courses.”[[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:”10571″,”attributes”:{“alt”:””,”class”:”media-image”,”height”:”142″,”style”:”margin: 5px 10px; float: right;”,”width”:”300″}}]]

The course is being taught by open-learning pioneers who developed the curriculum for fellow college and university professors to learn to teach their own open courses. It launched in September and runs through Dec. 14.


Oct. 10, 1 p.m. PDT / 4 p.m. EDT / 9 p.m. BST / 10 p.m. CEST

Viewers are welcome to post questions and comments via Twitter using the hashtag, #CCourses.


The webinar features:

    • Kira Baker-Doyle, assistant professor of education at Arcadia University and author of “The Networked Teacher”;
    • Ulrich Boser, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and author of “The Leap: The Science of Trust and Why It Matters” and “The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft”;
    • Meredith Broussard, assistant professor of journalism and Temple Univeristy in Philadelphia;
    • Nishant Shah,  founder and director of research for the Bangalore-based Centre for Internet and Society; and
    • Jonathan Worth, award-winning photographer, Coventry University professor and leading teacher of open-learning photography courses, including Phonar Nation.

Worth and Baker-Doyle are teaching Unit 2 — Trust and Network Fluency — of the six-unit Connected Courses.


“Networks and societies as a whole cannot function without trust and security. I have to trust other drivers to abide by traffic laws when I take my children to school. I have to trust that the teachers at their school will teach and care for them during the day. This enables me to go to work and specialize as a photography teacher of other people’s kids. I trust that my employer will, in turn, pay me for doing so and if not, then I have to trust that the law will serve to force them to do so. This trust and predictability provides a degree of ‘security.’ Without it, I cannot drive as efficiently on the roads, my children must be home-schooled and I cannot make time to specialize in teaching photography because I will be too busy farming behind secure walls,” Worth said. “Lack of trust inhibits civic engagement. This webinar will focus on how trust is built and rebuilt both on and offline.”

More Information:

Connected Courses is a free online course. It is supported by the University of California Humanities Research Institute, Digital Media and Learning Research Hub and MacArthur Foundation. For lessons, instructor bios and more details, visit Other Connected Courses webinars include:

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Banner photos, from left: Meredith Broussard, Kira Baker-Doyle, Ulrich Boser, Nishant Shah and Jonathan Worth