Through obtaining a domain of ones own, students tackle one of Watters mentioned problems the Web has created - loosing control of our personal data. I particularly enjoyed her suggestion of using this domain as a space where one posts first, then can share onto for profit ad based venues such as Facebook and Twitter. This gives students a platform to freely express themselves, yet maintain control of it and what information is shared with the world.

A problem I see with having more and more domains is that it contributes to the problem of how fast misinformation is spread because validity in the information of the sites would be harder to track.

Another problem I see occurring is that not all students have the same resources and skills to be able to afford and obtain a domain/hosting. Although it is easier nowadays since websites such as WordPress don't require HTML and CSS knowledge, it can still be difficult. However, colleges such as Harvard are working towards access for all students by using a platform called OpenScholar. While the platform usually costs, the university covers the costs and allows their students to create domains that just have "" added to the end. Furthermore, they offer free training and samples for interested students. This is a great solution for all different levels of skills to be able to have and control ones own domain.


OpenScholar at Harvard. Retrieved fromΒ

Watters, A. (2017, April 4). Why a domain of one's own matters (for the future of knowledge). Retrieved from


6 thoughts on “Reflection”

  1. Hi Nina,
    I thought what you said about students who don’t have the resources and skills to start their own domain was interesting. I understand what you are trying to say because starting your own domain is not a complete cake walk. As you likely know, it takes a lot of time and effort to make it what you want. On the other hand, we live in an era in which information is so easy to access. If I want to start my own domain, as long as I have a computer I can just Google my question or YouTube it. I trust that someone will have made a how-to video. I do like your point about affordability. We pay a discount rate because we are students. I’m curious to know what custom-made domains such as ours cost normally?

    1. Hey Kevin.
      I see where you are coming from with the “information is so easy to access” since Youtube is my go to as well. But we have to remember not everybody has Internet access as readily accessible as you or I might have. Yes, UAF might ofer discounts, but I was using Harvards example of making it free for all students. Not all colleges even offer discounts. While discounts are nice, equal access would be free for all students. Not all students, even considering rural who move to urban, have economic access or even laptops to be as connected as us.
      One of my domains is $14.99 a year and that doesnt include hosting which is around 40 ish / year (I have 5 domains).

  2. Nina, thank you for your thoughts on access and equity and for bringing our attention to that additional resource.

    Why do you think that validity of information and authorship is harder to track when posted to a website rather than a Facebook group or a Twitter account?


    1. Let me chime in here, because I had the same thought.

      Tracking the validity of information gets harder when people posting questionable information have their own domain, because they can make their domain look more reliable or reputable to support their agenda. If a student or alum of Harvard posts fake news and links back to their webpage, that makes them look like they’re posting with the authority of Harvard. There is no innate requirement in “a domain of one’s own” that one is honest about who one is when one names or builds one’s domain. A domain of one’s own has the potential to add another layer of confusion to discerning good sources and information on the internet.

      1. Thank you Nick! My thoughts exactly. People don’t have the time to check who owns the site and do background checks for authenticity before sharing. We live in a generation now of share, share, share and we don’t check, check, check.
        Nick, you brought up a good point about someone using their site and I wonder if Harvard then has regulations on what you can or can’t post. So is it really the students ‘own domain’ for expression after all?

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