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Privacy Violation: the hottest TikTok trend --- by Letizia Stefani '21

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  TikTok has a basic interest in collecting personal data, including biometric data such as face recognition and voiceprints. “Biometric data, together with genetic and health data, are at the top of the personal data scale of sensitivity: they represent the highest level of invasiveness with regard to personal identity, confidentiality, and private life,” says Rosario Imperiali, a lawyer specialized in Italian and international data protection legislation. The dissemination of this data is generally prohibited. “There is the highest level of invasiveness with regard to confidentiality and [from a] privacy right standpoint,” says Imperiali. TikTok, the Chinese video-sharing social media platform is owned and developed by ByteDance, a Chinese multinational internet technology company. It has gained much popularity around the globe; as the most downloaded social media app, the community has grown rapidly surpassing the 1 billion users in August 2020. It may have gained a ton of users, bu

I am becoming. An Autobiography --- by Danielle Lopez-Cecetaite '21

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By the time you are reading this, I must edit this biography. I am no longer who I was when I wrote this. Not in biological or epigenetic age, not in attitude, not with the same perspective, not with the same gut microbe population. This text is dated. Danielle has lived her life in flux. She is the product of two opposites, the seed of a Lithuanian mother and a Colombian father. Danielle arrived during the summer heat of 2000 in Florida, where she was born between seasons, cultures, and millennia. Her ears listened to a combination of Lithuanian, Spanish, and English throughout her life. Like the enigmatic character Kaspar Hauser, in her favorite film, La Leggenda di Kaspar Hauser [The Legend of Kaspar Hauser], Danielle felt like the time and space around her was entirely undefined. Just being here is surreal.   "The idea of entering upon a life of my own intoxicated me," states Simone de Beauvoir in her autobiography, Memories of a Dutiful Daughter . It is a statement that

Purpose, Fate, Destiny: the endless costs of Student Leadership --- by Destiny Brown '23

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  Leadership is required of you when you least expect it. A leader is not always the person making the largest salary at their job, and it is not always the student speaking the most in their classes. Leaders are the ones with the well-being of others constantly on the brain, and that is what makes leadership truly difficult. Great leaders care about others, sometimes to the detriment of our own well-being. However, the experiences we have as student leaders, the lessons we learn, and the relationships we establish make the stress, social isolation, and mental as well as physical strains of the various leadership positions worth it. It is not easy, especially when you feel "foreign" in every sense of the word in the environment in which you "lead." When I earned my first leadership position in sixth grade (so legitimate, I know), I felt like I was the most powerful eleven-year-old girl in the world. After several days of campaigning for the position, winn