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The 2022 CAT PAT topic for Matric learners was announced during the first week of the 1st term and the Grade 10 topic in the first week of the 2nd term. The Matrics are now well into their PATs and I am currently busy brainstorming ideas with the Grade 10s. You will find my ideas and thoughts below — I will update the post as I progress and when the Grade 11 topic is announced…

See the post: Acing your PAT! for the full guide!

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Grade 12 Topic: Protection of Privacy when using ICTs

I am honestly not a fan of this topic; it is dry and academic.

LINKS to some relevant resources are listed below. These resources will help give you an idea of the type of research required. Although you may use the resources from this list, you must also include resources that you found on your own. (Grade 12 Learner Guide 2022, p. 8)

The Learner Guide provides a huge number of links:

  1. Putting the privacy paradox to the test: Online privacy and security behaviours among users with technical knowledge, privacy awareness and financial resources
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0736585317307724
  2. Big Data & Privacy: What’s Really Going on with Your Personal Information?
    https://builtin.com/big-data/big-data-privacy
  3. Your legal rights when your personal data gets leaked in South Africa
    https://businesstech.co.za/news/internet/229009/your-legal-rights-when-your-personal-data-gets-leaked-in-south-africa/
  4. Internet of Things and Privacy – Issues and Challenges
    https://ovic.vic.gov.au/privacy/internet-of-things-and-privacy-issues-and-challenges/
  5. The ‘Privacy Paradox’ in the Social Web: The Impact of Privacy Concerns, Individual Characteristics, and the Perceived Social Relevance on Different Forms of Self-Disclosure
    https://academic.oup.com/jcmc/article/19/2/248/4067550
  6. Outdoor location tracking of mobile devices in cellular networks
    https://jwcn-eurasipjournals.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s13638-019-1459-4
  7. What is behavioural targeting?
    https://www.lotame.com/what-is-behavioral-targeting/
  8. Data privacy or data protection in South Africa
    https://www.michalsons.com/blog/data-privacy-in-south-africa/150
  9. South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013, Goes into Effect July 1
    https://www.natlawreview.com/article/south-africa-s-protection-personal-information-act-2013-goes-effect-july-1
  10. Your Technology Is Tracking You. Take These Steps for Better Online Privacy
    https://www.npr.org/2020/10/09/922262686/your-technology-is-tracking-you-take-these-steps-for-better-online-privacy
  11. Teens, Social Media and Privacy
    https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2013/05/21/teens-social-media-and-privacy/
  12. Cookies: An overview of associated privacy and security risks
    https://resources.infosecinstitute.com/topic/cookies-an-overview-of-associated-privacy-and-security-risks/
  13. Privacy perception and information technology utilization of high school students
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2405844018354926
  14. 3 Major Internet Privacy Issues and How to Avoid Them
    https://securitytoday.com/articles/2019/09/03/3-major-internet-privacy-issues-and-how-to-avoid-them.aspx
  15. Teen Social Media Statistics 2021 (What Parents Need to Know)
    https://smartsocial.com/post/social-media-statistics
  16. What teens said about social media, privacy and online identity
    https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2013/05/21/what-teens-said-about-social-media-privacy-and-online-identity/
  17. The IoT threat to privacy
    https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/14/the-iot-threat-to-privacy/
  18. Are teenagers really careless about online privacy?https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/21/teenagers-careless-about-online-privacy
  19. Teenage clicks: can teens protect their privacy on social media?https://webfoundation.org/2018/09/teenage-clicks-can-teens-protect-their-privacy-on-social-media/
  20. Microsoft Edge Privacy White Paper
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/privacy-whitepaper/
  21. How to protect your privacy online
    https://us.norton.com/internetsecurity-privacy-protecting-your-privacy-online.html
  22. Handy tips and tools for staying cyber secure
    http://www.icts.uct.ac.za/staying-cyber-secure
  23. Privacy and Information Technology
    https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/it-privacy/
  24. Top 10 Ways to Protect Your Identity Online
    https://programs.online.utica.edu/resources/article/ten-ways-to-protect-your-identity

The Learner Guide specifies a set of aspects that could form the focus of the investigation:

  1. Online transactions and financial privacy
  2. Social media and youth privacy
  3. POPI Act
  4. Targeted marketing or advertising invading the privacy of people
  5. Management of big data in respect of privacy
  6. Internet of Things security and privacy
  7. Privacy and the use of smartphones
  8. Location information being shared could invade your privacy

I suspect the best choices are options 2, 4, 7 & 8. I would steer clear of options 1, 3 & 5.


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