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Nana Osei-Wusu 

WordPress Blogpost 2 

The 4 literacies discussed were Ethics, Privacy, Copyright and Fair Use. Ethics an evaluation of the moral principles that govern and surround the process of digital research. Privacy which goes hand in hand with copyright. Copyright is defined in the notes as a “bundle of rights” or a “limited monopoly” in copyright laws/rules that govern and help maintain privacy and exclusivity. Privacy stands on its own when the question of where a source’s information is coming from and if that organization or person has items in place preventing a scholar/researcher from utilizing that information. Another good example is a situation where the context of the information from a source sounds sensitive and private but does not have the right protections in place to prevent people from using it as a source. This situation not only challenges the idea of privacy but tackles copyright and ethics as well. The last literacy covered was Fair Use. Fair use allows the researcher to utilize a resource without consent from the owner. Pulling a fair use card is not easy because there is a criteria that your project has to check in order to successfully utilize fair use. A few examples of that are  the purpose and character of the use and the possible effect that the utilization of that resource could have on your target audience. 

This entire lesson was not what I was expecting taking this course. I really was not expecting this deep of an analysis. I was surprised by the copyright literacy. I’ve always heard the word copyright. In youtube videos you hear youtubers say things like “I’m not going to play this song or show this because I do not want to get copyrighted” I never knew what it meant and I was always too lazy to look it up. So I assumed it was simply exclusive to entertainment like movies, songs.etc but, I was not aware of how much copyright laws extend. I was intrigued by this and was happy to read further, to build my knowledge a little bit more. I was also quite surprised by the Caswell and Cifor article. It pointed out something that caught my eye. Radical empathy is defined in the article as “ability to under- stand and appreciate another person’s feelings, experience, etc.” and there is a portion of ethics that radical empathy speaks to. I was not aware that this concept existed and it was fascinating to find out. 

In terms of considerations to keep in mind during a digital research project, what I’ve learned is to “do your research research” simply taking something and citing it is not enough. Asking yourself important questions and considering and even at times challenging ethical dilemmas with information/sources you’ve found is difficult but important.

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