Welcome to Teaching Privacy


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The growing use of social-networking sites like Facebook and YouTube, along with technical advances in data-retrieval techniques, are providing new opportunities to make use of people’s personal information — and those opportunities are equally available for both ethical and unethical uses.

This website provides information about the various threats to online privacy and how Internet users can make better decisions about their privacy. We also provide educators with materials that they can use to bring privacy education to their classrooms.

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Recent Blog Posts

BFOIT Teaches Privacy

Each year, high-school students in the Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in Information Technology (BFOIT) enrichment program participate in internships at ICSI and UC Berkeley. Last August, interns Alexis Conway and Isha Doshi worked with the Teaching Privacy... read more

Can We Regulate the Internet?

The Federal Communications Commission has been working on new rules to regulate the Internet. For the last year, F.C.C. Chairman Tom Wheeler’s goal has been to reach net neutrality, meaning an open Internet. This open Internet order would give the Federal... read more

What Is This Project?

Teaching Privacy aims to empower K-12 students and college undergrads in making informed choices about privacy, through hands-on educational tools and other classroom materials.

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Who's Behind This?

We are a cross-disciplinary group of computer scientists, educators, and social scientists at the International Computer Science Institute and the University of California-Berkeley.

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