Since the beginning of 2017 LIBRe Foundation has been working to raise young people's awareness on privacy and data protection issues. “How “Personal” is the Personal Information Online” looks into issues related to the meaning of personal information shared online by young people, who has access to it and whether the youngsters publish information they would prefer to keep private. Through trainings, discussions, and specialised educational materials, the initiative is focused on the protection of personal data online and what types of good practices are to be followed by young people in their everyday life, considering the technological development and the new opportunities for resource sharing, communication, and the Internet of Things.
The initiative is being implemented as a continuation of LIBRe experts’ considerable experience in consultations and teaching in the field of online privacy, personal data protection, and consumer protection; it addresses different age groups through educational and communication activities adapted to the audience.
Presentations and Informative Sessions with Students in Secondary Schools
During these educational meetings students discuss on different aspects of the private and public realms, how technologies affect the perceptions of young people and adults and how to adapt their online behaviour towards better protection of one’s personal data and reputation. The meetings include short presentations, discussions, and practical exercises focused on data protection online and good practices to be followed by youngsters in their everyday life.
Such events has already been organized for public authorities and with cooperation with secondary schools.
Presentations and Information Sessions for University Students in Law and IT
Alexandra Tsvetkova, Director of LIBRe Foundation, introduces university students specialising in IT and Law programmes with the legal aspects of the information and communication technologies, where special attention is paid to e-Commerce, privacy, consumer protection, etc. In order to fully reflect the complexity of the topics discussed and to suite the diverse interests in the audience, the practices and discussions are adapted to the different points of view of the company and the consumer and explore good commercial practices, consumer needs, etc.
Other areas governed by IT Law - e-Government, e-Justice, etc.; can also be subject of discussions.
Alexandra Tsvetkova, Director of LIBRe Foundation, has experience as a lecturer on Legal Aspects of IT at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (2009-2017), and University of Library Science and Information Technologies, Sofia (2013-2017). In 2018, together with Ivo Emanuilov, Senior Expert, Ms Tsvetkova developed and started teaching on 'Responsible AI: Ethical, Legal, Social and Economic (ELSE) Aspects' (Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics) - the first and only Bulgarian academic course pondering the legal and ethical aspects of artificial intelligence systems.
In addition, she regularly participates in public events dedication to students and focused on hot legal topics.
Development of Training Programmes and Digital Materials Adapted for the Young Audience
LIBRe Foundation studies current good practices on European level in working with young people on the topics of privacy and data protection, and develops educational materials, supported with relevant examples and adapted to the corresponding age group: 7-12, 12-15, 15-18, and 18-25 years old.
Example of a successful initiative is: Personal Data in the Digital Age - Adaptation of Short Educational Videos for Citizens in a Bulgarian Context
If the awareness campaign is of interest to your educational or public institution, you can contact LIBRe Foundation team for arranging a public discussion and/or developing specialized materials.