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Maggie MyLove Sardino

How does the HSS Commons address some of the challenges identified in this video essay?

More specifically, how does the ethos of the HSS Commons address the complications and harms that are associated with visibility?

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    Graham Jensen

    Thanks for your question, Maggie! Some answers to that question are detailed in an article I co-wrote, "Fostering Digital Communities of Care: Safety, Security, and Trust in the Canadian Humanities and Social Sciences Commons," which should be coming out soon in the journal Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in Arts & Humanities. They include, first and foremost, giving members of the site control of privacy settings—something that, as Raj Kumar Bhardwaj and others have noted, many academic social networking sites or digital knowledge commons do not provide.

    In the Canadian HSS Commons, members can control privacy settings at the profile level (with control over exactly which parts of one's profile are shared, and which are not). At the group or project level, you can also (for example) adjust the settings so that the group is completely private / hidden; you can make individual parts of a group available only to your group or only to registered members of the site; or you can make all the parts of a group completely open. We're hoping that this impressive amount of control will empower those who want to use the Canadian HSS Commons to increase their visibility and share their research openly while also protecting those who—for very legitimate reasons—need to be able to exercise control over precisely what they share about themselves or their research, when, and with whom.

    That's just one possible answer to your question, but I hope it helps! Either way, I'd be happy to talk more if you have any questions or concerns.

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