Hive Toronto received a grant from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to create curriculum and to prototype Open Badges to enhance privacy education for teens in Canada. This project was conducted as a participatory design research project with teens, and it underwent ethical review at the University of Toronto. Co-design workshops were held with teens between October 2014 and February 2015. Interviews were conducted with educators. We also held an educators’ workshop to share the project results on February 21st, 2015.
The project team, including 8 teen peer researchers, created 10 prototype-level badges and associated learning activities. The badges explore themes like personal information and privacy futures. The curriculum and prototype-level Open Badges from this project are available for use and remix in learning settings such as libraries, after-school programs, and the civic and legal education sector. All badge designs and curriculum resources that were created are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-4.0 International License. To get started with the curriculum, please visit one of the following pages:
- Introducing the Hive Toronto Privacy Badges Curriculum (english)
- Voici le programme de badges de Hive Toronto en matière de protection de la vie privée (français)
If you’re interested in implementing the badges in your organization, the badge images and metadata are available on GitHub.
Teen peer researchers
Teens ages 15-19 were recruited to co-design the curriculum and Open Badge prototypes that are central to this project. Participation by teens involved attending workshops to generate ideas for the badges concepts and to try out learning activities.
The teen peer research team
Thank you to the teen peer researchers fro their contributions to the project!
Key project materials
Blog posts and related resources
A series of project blog posts were created to archive the project’s progress. Blog posts explore:
- The first privacy badges workshop
- Privacy through comics and decoding
- Is our learning production centered?
- Some learning pathways for Hive Toronto privacy badges
- Looking back: Teen workshops and the educators’ workshop
Prototypes of the badge system are explored through blog posts on Understanding personal information: The Anonymizer badge, It’s 2015, do you know where your data are? The Data Trail Badge, and Prototyping open privacy badges.
The youth recruitment documents from this project included:
- Poster with project information
- Application checklist
- Information and consent document for teens 15-17 and their parent or guardian
- Information and consent document for teens ages 18-19
Knowledge mobilization resources
Knowledge mobilization for this project included outreach to scholarly and practitioner communities. A presentation at the Association for Media Literacy conference was completed in the fall of 2014, which utilized a prototype version of the Anonymizer badge. A presentation was also conducted at The Future of Networked Privacy workshop the Computer Supported Cooperative Work conference in Vancouver in spring 2015 and a workshop paper title Production, Play and Remix: Building Networked Privacy Through Remix was accepted for presentation following a peer review process. Presentations are also planned for Hive Toronto and the Union for Democratic Communication conference.
The final project report available for download: Co-Designing Open Badges for Privacy Education with Canadian Youth.
The open privacy badges research team (staff)
- Dr. Karen Louise Smith, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto*
- Dr. Leslie Shade, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto*
- Dr. Tamara Shepherd, Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics
- Dr. Doug Belshaw, Web Literacy Lead, Mozilla Foundation
- Colin Lacey, Hive Toronto*
- Ashley Jane Lewis, Hive Toronto
The project teams marked with asterisks worked with the teens.
If you have any questions about this project you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-458-6641.
This project has been funded by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC); the views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the OPC.