Always Watching?

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Since the start of this semester, I’ve continued to touch on a reoccurring theme. Technology is changing, and we either get on board, or we… climb underneath a rock, and just ignore everything around us.

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For Hackers, Information is the New Gold Mine

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In a previous blog post, I touched on hacking, and how it has been exploited for in the entertainment world, and while it has become more realistic, it tends to showcase the good it can do. That, however, it not to say that hacking is not dangerous. In fact, in a world where technology has only continued to advance, information is incredibly valuable, and it will often become the main target of hackers, and cybercrime. The above gif is simply a visual representation of the hackers intention, beating the information out of your network. Their moves … are just done behind a computer screen…not in a ring.

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Hacking, as seen on TV

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As defined by Techopedia, hacking is the “unauthorised intrusion into a computer or a network“, with hackers employing “a variety of techniques for hacking“. The term ‘hack’, and its technological connotations have proliferated in both scope and presence in this modern age, however, in terms of the entertainment world, directors and writers have struggled with how to portray hacking simply because the act of hacking in real life is not very interesting or visually compelling. That being said, in recent times, hacking on our TV screens has become ever more popular.

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Every Revolution Begins With a Spark… 

I argue that these digital tools are simply, well, tools, and social change continues to involve many painstaking, longer-term efforts to engage with political institutions and reform movements ~ Evgeny Morozov

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This is in no way a criticism of social media. This is also not to say that social media is not incredibly powerful. One only has to look at how a movement leveraged the power of social media so successfully that it resulted in the Egyptian Government attempting to block social media websites.

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Changing the Game One Tweet at a Time

“Even for a casual observer of the journalistic industry it is becoming difficult to escape the conclusion that journalism is entering a time of crisis” ~ Axel Bruns

I’m sure I’ve said it before, and I doubt it will be the last time I do so, but technology has continued to change the game, in basically all aspects of life. Social media, Twitter, especially, has had a lasting impact, and the field of journalism has become the latest casualty. Don’t believe me? Watch the video below to see how simple it really is to use Twitter to spread news (even when it’s not true).

 

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This Bout is Set For One Fall

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Ah, the old debate. Apple v Android. Ranked up with such classic battles like Harry vs Voldemort, Luke Skywalker vs Darth Vader, and apparently, Katy Perry vs Taylor Swift (really couldn’t tell you what they’re fighting about though), you’ll often find people debating on which phone is the better option. This usually involves arguing about different features and possibly which of the two systems produce more atheistically pleasing devices.

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This is Not the Internet Anymore

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The ‘Walled Garden’ has curated content, with protection from the open internet. That means the content has been filtered, to create a safe, and purified space. That all sounds great… right? If you were reading that description, you wouldn’t be at fault to think so. There is just one… not so tiny… problem. The ‘Walled Garden’ is just simply not the internet anymore.

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