Kent State Journalism School Kicks Off Big Data and Privacy Week on Sept. 15

As data mining and online privacy become increasing concerns, Kent State’s weeklong focus educates students on privacy protection

Data breaches that compromise accounts and invade privacy occur almost daily. Universities are in a unique position to educate their students, faculty and staff about the importance of securing their own data and online identities. On Sept. 15-18, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University will host Big Data and Privacy (BDP) Week to raise campus awareness of and engagement with concepts of big data, privacy and what those concepts mean individually and globally. This is the first commemorative week of its kind at Kent State.  

The week’s culminating event will be the 10th Annual Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop: “Data Minefields?” on Thursday, Sept. 18. Events will be held in Franklin Hall’s first floor lobby. Highlights of the week’s events include:

  • Big Data and Privacy Quiz: Students are encouraged to take a student-designed online quiz about privacy. Launching Monday, Sept. 15, the quiz will test students’ privacy savvy and encourage proactive privacy practices. 
  • “Password Protection Pledge”: Tuesday, Sept. 16, focuses on password protection. Passwords for emails, banking and social media are often considered the gateway for identity theft. Information about best password practices will be promoted, and students will be encouraged to take the Password Protection Pledge.
  • “Privacy in Six” Installation: Six-Word Memoirs is a concept that evolved from a challenge to Ernest Hemingway. The author was challenged to write a story in six words, and the suggestion has picked up steam as an effective thought tool. A temporary wall constructed in the Franklin Hall lobby will serve as the “canvas” for students and faculty to define “privacy” in six words. The Privacy in Six wall will be on display and available all week. The completed piece will be relocated to the FirstEnergy Auditorium prior to the Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop.
  • Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop: The workshop is a one-day training program for professionals, educators and students that examines critical issues and perspectives in media ethics. Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication will host the 10th annual workshop on Thursday, Sept. 18. Established in 2004, the workshop’s mission is to strengthen media credibility and bolster citizens’ faith in media integrity.


Detailed information:
What: Kent State University Big Data and Privacy Week
Hashtag: #ksuprivacyweek14 
When: Sept. 15-19
Where: Kent State University, Franklin Hall, first floor lobby, 550 Hilltop Dr., Kent, Ohio
Event website for details:
Questions: Contact Jan Leach, 330-672-4289 or; or Michele McBride Simonelli, Esq., 330-398-1393 or

For more information about Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, visit

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Media Contact:
Jennifer Kramer,, 330-672-1960

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 4:33pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 11:26am
Jennifer Kramer