Privacy Debate Kit Resources

“Should mobile phones be always listening?”

The kit allows students to look at the argument from all sides; to explore the benefits and privacy implications of mobile phones listening in the background.

All the facts in the Privacy Debate Kit have been researched. This page contains references and additional resources relating to the kit.

Debate lesson presentation

Download this presentation in PowerPoint or PDF format to use in your debate lesson.

How have your students’ opinions changed?

Take a class vote to show how many students would answer “Yes”, “No” or “Don’t know” to the debate question at the start, part-way through and the end of your lesson. Share your class thoughts with us using this survey during the lesson.

Further reading and resources

Is your smartphone listening to everything you say? We asked the experts (Digital Trends)

Summary of the issues around voice-activated technology and privacy. 

Is your smartphone listening to you? (BBC)

Short investigation from BBC technology reporter.

How speech recognition works (How stuff works)

Explains the science behind voice-activated devices.

The truth about teens and privacy (danah boyd)

For over a decade, danah boyd researched how young people use social media as part of their everyday practices and subsequently wrote It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens (2014). This article summarises the themes of her book.

What will a future without secrets look like? (TED talk by Alessandro Acquisti)

The line between public and private has blurred in the past decade, both online and in real life, and Alessandro Acquisti is here to explain what this means and why it matters in this 15 minute talk. Read more about Alessandro in this article “Why technological privacy is an economic matter.”

Please Rob Me (BBC)

BBC article about a website (PleaseRobMe) which claims to reveal the location of empty homes based on what people post online.

Amazon Echo reviews (Twitter)

This tweet about Amazon Echo reviews highlights the advantages of voice-activated technology.