Me and my Shadow

The use of the Internet, mobile phones and other digital devices has become integral to our everyday life. Many can't imagine life without a digital presence.

This website is created by the Tactical Technology Collective (and is in stable-Beta mode) to help you see which digital shadows you cast and how to make them smaller. Learn how you, your friends and family stay safe and sound in the digital world.

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The day after Facebook bought Whatsapp, 500,000 people signed up to Telegram. With three out of four Europeans worried about how companies, including search engines and social networks, use their information, some users are voting with their feet and for good reason.
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Mentionmapp creates a visualisation that shows which Twitter users publicly mention each other and what they tweet about.
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NameGenWeb is a Facebook application that helps you to visualise your network of Facebook friends.
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TOS;DR is a website and a browser add-on that rate and label website terms and privacy policies.
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Just Delete Me is a Chrome browser extension as well as a website that helps you to delete your account from web services.
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Lightbeam is a browser add-on that visualises the relationships between the sites you visit and the third party sites that are active on those pages.
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The internet collects information that we may not know about, or pay attention to, such as: the exact location of where we are when we upload a picture, the history of the web searches and websites we visited, and a list of everyone we sent messages to on any given day. These are some resources to help you take control of your information.
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The surveillance program PRISM by the US secret service NSA has reminded us that all of our activities online may be monitored without giving us the chance to understand whether we really are targeted or what the purpose of this monitoring is. Information is being collected about us all but we have little understanding about how it is being used. We do though have some means of learning what information we are giving away and this can allow us to make conscious decisions about how we want to continue to use the internet. Some traces are difficult to avoid, but there are also many things we can do to reduce our digital shadows.
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Data Dealer is a social/serious/impact game about collecting and selling personal data. It aims to raise awareness of personal data and privacy issues in a new and fun way.
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Mozilla's Do Not Track dashboard is an interactive page reporting on user adoption of Do Not Track (DNT) within Firefox.