Unit 3: Question 1

  1. We have shared a few examples of how information can be extracted from data (such as in your images). What are other ways humans can leave traces of information with the use of technologies?

One of the most basic ways people can inadvertently share information about themselves is through their internet search history. Companies such as Google are able to see what you search for and, by comparing that information with the information of many other people, make educated (and often very accurate) guesses about your age, gender, occupation, hobbies, relational status and many more. This information is often shared with companies who are then able to conduct more targeted advertisement towards you based on what they know.

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