Each of these projects needs a
discusison as there are quite a few options to each...
I am particularly interested in projects related to the Databox project; details of
the mission are outlined in the paper "Personal Data: Thinking
Inside the Box". Databox is about the control of personal
information. Our very own Prof Greenhalgh talking here on "What is Databox?".
many project possabilities related to this, and I would welcome
students suggesting their own projects. Here are some
of my thoughts:
SOCKS or transparent webproxy and mobile app
characterisation - configure a personal server/router to capture all
URLs emitted by a mobile phone / tablet device to characterise the
behaviours of apps.
Build and evaluate an interesting application for Databox - e.g. using IoT / NodeRed (lots
of examples on the NodeRed site), or some personal social media anlytics, or ...
Web related stuff...
often web search results provide mutliple hits for the same
website, filling the first page of results with data from only a few
different web sites. Build a plugin that uses existing search engines,
but returns only one hit per website, noting that quite often a website
can have multiple DNS entries - e.g. evilglobalcorporation.com,
evilglobalcorporation.pa, etc, etc.
probes - build a webservice that holds the social history of an
everyday object. Use an NFC tag to uniquely identify an everyday object
with an obfusticated URL (e.g. hard to guess
Objects could include a book, fruit bowl, candlestick, jewelry, well
anything really that might be passed from one person to a next.
Build a webservice and app that permits the posting of images / video /
text to the object's timeline when in the presence of the object (e.g.
maybe for up to an hour after scanning the object's NFC tag). Once an
object has been scanned, the app gives read access to the previous
history of the object and remembers the object's URL to allow access to
future new posts. The app shoudl be designed to prevent sharing of the
URLs so that only if you have been in the presence of the object and
running this specific app can
you see its timeline. Added bonus points for notifcations of new posts
to an object's timeline in the future and / or for social media
integration - i.e. I
can configure the app to post my contributions to the object's timeline
simultaneously to my choosen social media...