Tutor Interview Series: Reuben Binns – Economy


Briefly tell me what your session is going to be about –
As part of the Economy week, my session will discuss new approaches to managing personal data in the digital age, from the perspective of business, law and technology. It will explore the idea that rather than being a company asset, personal data could be a tool in the hands of individuals themselves.

What are the main aims you want to achieve? –
I hope I’ll be able to get across a flavour of the complexities of the issue – how it touches on multiple disciplines and how it is rapidly changing. And I’m really looking forward to some stimulating debate with the Web Science MOOC participants!

How will the learners benefit? –
They will come away with some new concepts to think about, and perhaps a different perspective about online privacy – something which everyone has an opinion on these days. And for those who want to learn more, I’ll be pointing to some good places to start.

What excites you most about delivering this session within the Web Science MOOC? –
I’ve taken part in MOOCs before as a student, so it’s really interesting to be on the ‘other side’ of the classroom, as it were. I’m pleased to see that some participants have already started discussing the course online, with each other and the course tutors – a very ‘Web Science’ approach.

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