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How should (or shouldn’t) my data be used in AI Algorithms?



In this lesson, students are introduced to the concept of a digital footprint. They consider data publicly available about them online, including on social media. Then, they consider the ethics of having their data used in AI algorithms.

  • AI & Society
  • 50 minutes
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Digital Materials

Lesson Objectives

After this experience, students will be able to

  • Identify data about themselves that are publicly available online.
  • Describe norms for how those data should or should not be used by AI.

Questions explored


  • What data about me is publicly available online?
  • How should that data be used or not used  by AI?


Digital Footprint
All the information about a person on the internet, put there by them or others.