They're Watching You: The Internet of Things, Smart Devices, Ethical Hacking & The College Curriculum

Concurrent Session 6 & 7 (combined)
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Brief Abstract

Are you being watched?  Is your data being collected with permission you didn't realize you authorized?  What kind of culture do "Nanny Cams" foster?  At Northampton Community College, we've built a state of the art "Smart Apartment" to answer these questions.  As Builders, Breakers, and Defenders, students in programming and computer courses learn how to address security issues created by poorly designed data sharing sevices.  Other courses like Philsophy, Psychology, and Sociology address issues relating to the ethical use of these devices in every day places.  In this engaging & interactive presentation, participants will learn about the Smart Apartment while learning about their own risk taking in this modern world of 20/20, 24-7 surveillance.  

Presenters

Beth Ritter-Guth is the Associate Dean of Online Learning and Educational Technology at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA. Her current work features the Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Artificial Intelligence programming in addition to ethical hacking, cyber law, gaming, gamification, and the digital humanities. She's earned multiple awards for the use of these technologies including the Teacher of the Future award by the National Association of Independent Schools, the Nobel Teacher of Distinction Award, the Campus Leadership Team Award by Campus Technology, and most recently, the Innovator of the Year by the League of Innovation and the Leadership & Innovation award from NJEdge. Her work has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Wired Magazine, USA Today and America Online.

Extended Abstract

Are you being watched?  Is your data being collected with permission you didn't realize you authorized?  What kind of culture do "Nanny Cams" foster?  At Northampton Community College, we've built a state of the art "Smart Apartment" to answer these questions.  As Builders, Breakers, and Defenders, students in programming and computer courses learn how to address security issues created by poorly designed data sharing sevices.  Other courses like Philsophy, Psychology, and Sociology address issues relating to the ethical use of these devices in every day places.  In this engaging & interactive presentation, participants will learn about the Smart Apartment while learning about their own risk taking in this modern world of 20/20, 24-7 surveillance.  

Participants will beging with a game focused on watching & listening devices.  They will be asked to count how many devices are in the room.  They will be surprised by the answer.  They will then work in small teams to figure out a digital puzzle on security breaches in a college dorm.  The discussion will then lead to how we can use these tools to help students think about their surroundings and address larger issues related to almost all core disciplines (Pscyh, Soc, Philosophy) in addition to technical fields like CompSci, Engineering, etc.