The Internet of Things

Have you ever thought about all those little devices that are lying around your house? More specifically, the ones that make your life easier by being able to do tasks at the switch of a button or a voice command?

You may be interest to know that any device that is connected to bluetooth or the internet has the power to store your personal data and distribute it to major companies such as Apple and Google.

If you want to read more this website touches on everything you need to know about your smart devices.

An example of this is a device as simple as your printer.

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But don’t stress too much though, they can’t distribute any information without your consent! So make sure you read everything before you agree to something and do basic resets before you sell your devices to make sure that whoever buys it can’t access your information either.

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Digital Resistance

Hacktivism is becoming a massive part of the internet these days, but is it good or bad?

Firstly, hactivism is the use of computers or computer networks to promote political or social change.

So, is it okay for a hacker group to hack into an online dating service, take users personal details and release them? Because that’s exactly what happened to Ashley Madison. A hacker group named ‘The Impact Team’ leaked over 25gb of company data, including users personal details. Now some would say that it is completely unethical and should not have happened and it probably shouldn’t have but there are 2 sides to every story…

Ashley Madison is a dating website that specialises in extramarital affairs! So knowing this, has your opinion changed? Is it now okay for the hackers, who can also be known as whistleblowers, to leak this information so people can find out if their partners are being unfaithful?

Hacking can be good and bad… sometimes it releasing information that needs to be known, but sometimes it is unnecessary and can be hurtful. It’s all up to the opinion and ethics of the individual to decide whether Hacktivism is good or bad!!

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The Social Network Revolutions

You can’t ignore the powers of social media when it comes to revolutions. Because of the distributed and decentralised nature of the internet, it is easy for anyone to capture and distribute content in minutes with the uncertainty of whether it will go viral or not, and it is because of this that social media has such power.

As platforms that are used by billions of people around the world, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have been the main source of news in a lot of revolutions that have been distributed globally.

If you want an example of how social media is used to start revolutions you can look no further than the Kony 2012 campaign.

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The whole point of this campaign was the make Kony famous and what better way to do that then release a video on platforms that are used by billions of people around the world.

Other examples of revolutions include #cutforbieber and #SupportParis that were predominant on Twitter.

What revolution will be next?

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Bridges Made of Pebbles

Traditional media is nearing its end as we progress using social media sites as our source of news. This is mainly because of the continuous interest in citizen journalism… that is, we (the citizens) are now sources of news and are also the gate watchers for fake news!

News shows aren’t appealing anymore and because scrolling through Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are the most popular pass times for most young adults it has become our predominant source of news.

We are also creating the news through comment threads and discussions as well as the use of mobile phones allowing us to capture anything as its happening and distributing it to the world in minutes.

Not only are we creating and using social media journalism, but it is becoming our main source of news and research! This can be a problem because of all the fake news that is released. How can we decide what is reliable and what isn’t???

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iOS vs Android

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According to this website iPhones seem to be the more popular phone, so it would be easy to say that the iOS operating system is better, but is it really???

The short answer is… it depends on what you prefer!

Notice how the only phone that uses the iOS operating system is the iPhone. That is because the creator, Apple, has made it a closed operating system, meaning that you cannot customise it nor can you use it on any other device that isn’t Apple. When it comes to Android, its creator Google has made it an open source which can be freely customised using widgets and you’ll notice is available on many phones and devices.

Other differences between the two include the file transfer system (being easier with Android) and the accessibility of other Apps (you can only use Apple Apps on iOS, whereas you can use Android Apps on various devices and they are available through other stores aswell)

For more comparisons you can checkout this website.

I may have an iPhone but after all this, I definitely would prefer an Android based phone… what would you prefer???

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Feudalisation of the Internet

Feudalisation, a term most common for its definition involving Lords and land in medieval Europe. But this concept is still relevant today!

The feudalisation that I’m talking about is the feudalisation of the internet. Or iFeudalism.

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iFeudalism is a concept that explains how the biggest platforms, such as Facebook and Google, use security to protect our data and how they use it to their advantage. When we sign up to platforms and ‘agree’ to their terms and conditions, we are signing away our information to the platform to use as their own. Our constant use of these platforms provides the revenue these companies need through the advertisements we see, catered directly to us, through the information we signed away in the terms and conditions.

So to explain the relation between Feudalism and iFeudalism, think about it like this…

We (the peasants) are the labourers of Google and Facebook (the land) who, by using the sites, create revenue for the CEOs and Shareholders (The Land Owners)