Close Reading the Terms of Service

Students will become more familiar with the data and privacy impacts of creating an account with OpenAI, and gain experience with legal and technical texts along the way.

Assignment Details

Credit

AI Theme

Subject

Tools

Skills

Learning Objectives

Critically reflect on the implications of companies’ use of user data

Instructions

  1. Consider assigning a reading before the annotation about what to look for in a privacy policy and how to read a TOS.
  2. Divide the tool’s terms of service into excerpts among groups of students. (If you’re using ChatGPT: OpenAI Privacy policy; OpenAI Terms of use.)
  3. Have groups do social annotation using a tool like Hypothesis. (You could also copy the text into a collaborative writing tool like Google Docs and have students add comments.) They might flag things they find concerning, things they find surprising, or things they find confusing.
  4. Each group shares back what they think is important for their classmates to know.
  5. Further discussion might focus on the privacy trade-offs of using the tool, what if any values are embedded into these documents, what aspects students are most or least comfortable with, what a version of these documents that prioritizes the individual using the tool might look like, etc.

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