PRIVACY & BEYOND
Mister Frauenberger held a very interesting presentation about Privacy and beyond. The
main focus of his keynote was privacy as well as safety in the spheres of social media. He
taught us that even though we might think that we have control over our information and
that it might be hidden it’s not and all of our data is being watched and used. Furthermore,
he gave us insight on some technical terms and their definition such as what cookies are as
well as Artificial Intelligence. Regarding AI he even showed us a scary video of drones killing
people and recognizing them through artificial intelligence. In addition, the professor told us
that we are being tracked through our GPS systems, our voice is being recorded when using
an “Amazon Alexa” and that the data is so detailed that one can even create an accurate
profile of you through your social media information. This is because they know who your
friends are, your interests, your enemies and so on. We can thus conclude that with the
information Mister Frauenberger provided us with, we can learn to use the internet and
social media more carefully.
By Leo P.
The other day we had the pleasure to welcome Mister Frauenberger, that held a very
interesting presentation about Privacy. He talked a lot about social media (such as Facebook,
Twitter, …), but also search engines (like Google). Mister Frauenberger really tried to make
us understand that everything we post on social media, or everything we search on google is
being watched, saved and used, even though we might tend to think that it is not.
Nowadays, everybody carries a phone with themselves. However, it is less and less being
used for its actual purpose : talking on the phone. People use it more to go on social media,
listen to music, use it as a GPS etc. What less people are being aware of however, is the fact
that just by carrying our phone with us, we are automatically providing companies, such as
Google, with our accurate current location – information that is very essential in their eyes.
This information is helping them acquire more knowledge on us (the consumers) which
results into the companies using it in their advantage and making profit out of it.
As a conclusion, I’d like to say that I really enjoyed Mister Frauenbergers presentation and
was very captured by it. I’d like to thank him for taking the time to present us such an
By Neda S.
On the 17 th April of 2018, Christian Frauenberger, a researcher who is part of the human-computer interaction group in the technical university of Vienna, came in our class to talk about privacy. During his presentation (which was very interactive), he mainly focused on the internet. He informed us about how much some websites know about us and what they do with our information, how they are able to get all of the data about us and how we can prevent some sites from taking our information.
Christian Frauenberger showed us just how much some sites like Facebook or Google know about us. Inspired by an article from the Guardian he revealed that Google is pretty much able to locate us all the time. That both sites know what apps we use; what we looked at on sites like Amazon or what we bought from them; who our friends are; access to all our e-mails (if you use G-mail) and they have a lot of pictures of you (posted by yourself ,one of your friends or if you happen to be in the background of a picture).
After he mentioned what they know about us, the class was shook, and so, Christian Frauenberger raised a new question. “How do these sites get our info?”
His first answer was “Cookies!”. No, sadly they aren’t the cookies you can eat, but cookies are little pieces of information about websites you visit that stay on your computer. It sounds harmless, but they can also contain your login id. But cookies aren’t just bad, they keep you logged in on some websites or make the items you add to your cart stay there. However, cookies aren’t the only way to gather information about you, websites know what you buy on the web or even in real life. Facebook collaborated with another company who uses retail cards to know what you’ve been buying. This way Facebook can put up more efficient ads. Even if the goal was to make ads better, it’s still scary to know that some unknown person knows what you buy… Nevertheless, our biggest “traitors” are our cell phones. They are able to locate us at all times and some apps who use the webcam can use it to spy on us. Other apps like WhatsApp, even if the messages are now secured by an end-to- end lock, are able to get a bit of information out of these messages. Facebook (owns WhatsApp) knows at what time you wrote them, how long they are and who you are writing too, so they know how often you write to certain persons. Finally, “Alexa”, a recently founded “smart speaker” could be used to spy on us through audio as the device is permanently recording and sending everything to a server.
He finished his presentation rather fast as he was lacking time, by advising us to use “keys”, apps that keep all our passwords, to use a lot of different passwords, browsers, e-mails (not g-mail if possible), deactivate location on your phone and just be careful on the internet.
Tuesday morning, a professor from the technische Universität named Frauenberger came into our English class to warn us about the risks of the Internet regarding the privacy of users.
I learned that Facebook and Google are our principal enemies. If you’re on Facebook, be aware that you are under constant surveillance by the social media giant every time you go on the Internet. As a result, they will be informed about the articles you are reading and then suggest
you ads according to your interests. We learned that this is how Facebook helped the US candidate Trump become president. Personalized advertising is how these companies make money, and is why so much of the Internet is free to user.
The TU professor is of the opinion that we should not use Gmail as this gives Google the possibility to read every single one of our mails. Google knows quite a lot about all of us since no one ever lies to a search engine; moreover, Google has perfect memory in a way that people
Thanks to this captivating and dynamic speech, the professor Frauenberger managed to alarm us about the risks of the Internet, which I personally did not know were that massive.
Dr. Christopher Frauenberger told us what privacy is. First, he asked us what the internet knows about us. Then how does it know and how we could prevent it.
The internet knows where you have been. Facebook will track every movement of you on the internet and will save it. It knows what you have been searching, where you’ve been, who your family and friends are, even if they don’t have a profile. It reads your emails, your chat with people. Once you’ve posted something on Facebook or any other social media, the internet will save it and it will always be saved, even if you think you deleted it. Facebook will sell those data to other companies.
He informed us about Meta Data. Meta Data is all the information that the internet
has access to, except what we wrote. It knows who we are writing to, at what time, but it
will never know the content. Cookies are used on many sites. It will remember your code for the login, so next time it will remember you and it will login itself. There is something called Cross site
tracking. It consists in, that Facebook will know everything you visit when you are logged in
But how can we prevent it? We could diversify your services. That means that we should use different search engines or various email accounts. Instead of using the same chat to communicate with many friends, we should variate. We should disable what we don’t need (location services). Not every app needs to know where you at.
The last he recommended was Password manager. It will save and manage all your password, so they are secure, and it will be harder to hack them.
Last week, our english class of Terminale S, ES and L had the honor to meet a college professor at the Technische Universität in Vienna, Mr. Frauenberger, who taught each and every one of us things we did not know. He studied informatics and, therefore, was able to open our eyes when it comes to the topic „Privacy and beyond“ and the internet.
Nowadays, we can not live without the internet and technology permanently around us. Every one of us gives voluntary his/her personal information. Some people think: „Well, I have nothing to hide, so why not?“ Unfortunately, the truth is that we do not get any privacy nowadays, even if we think so. Have you ever thought „Why are the ads on the websites that I check out always showing me things that I once googled and that I would definitely buy?“. Mr. Frauenberger explained a lot of concrete vocabulary, such as „Meta-Data“( for example ; gives out all the information about a WhatsApp message, except the actual message), „cross-site tracking“ (companies collect your data through multiple sites), „cookies“ (small files on websites that collect our information) and much more.
As a matter of fact, there are some solutions to our privacy: few people use „DuckDuckGo“(a safe search engine that does not keep your information) instead of Google. Plus, to avoid restricted privacy- and that is my personal advice- people should (it is not quite realistic if we think about the technological future, but) start getting away from the internet, especially Facebook, and start living in the real world, the outside world, that we used to enjoy when we were kids.
Florine Semmler TL