Kent State Journalism School Kicks Off Big Data & Privacy Week On Sept. 15

As data mining and online privacy become increasing concerns, Kent State University'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.  The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University will host Big Data & Privacy (BDP) Week Sept. 15-18, 2014, 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.

BDP Week


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

  • BDP Privacy Quiz:  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 which examines critical issues and perspectives in media ethics. The 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 & Privacy Week
Hashtag: #ksuprivacyweek14 
When: Sept. 15 –  19, 2014
Where: Franklin Hall, First Floor Lobby, 550 Hilltop Dr., Kent State University
Event website for details:    
Questions: Contact Jan Leach, 330-672-4289 or; or Michele McBride Simonelli, Esq., 330-398-1393

Media Contact: Jennifer Kramer, APR,, 330-672-1960330-672-1960

POSTED: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 04:33 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:02 AM
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