Ghost in the WiFi

The internet of things is both an exciting prospect and a scary one. With so much connectivity comes an array of privacy concerns, from manipulation to surveillance. Hacking is also a huge concern as many of the devices spread through this incredible web are not protected appropriately for such a large system that is constantly evolving.  iot connectivity is becoming a growing trend in public sphere. I recently read a story that detailed the story of people getting implants in their hands and head that can connect and control devices. There are even apps on the android for such connectivity. … Continue reading Ghost in the WiFi

Inception and Control

The most effective and long lasting control is the type that is subtle. It’s the type that covers it’s tracks and erases and creates the information that gives all evidence against. The idea of fake virtual people persuading and influencing real life beings sounds like it’s basis in science fiction. In reality this method of manipulation has been around for a long time, at union rallies businesses with oppositional views would pay people to infiltrate and destabilize the beliefs of protesters. What is scary about netbots and the like are the unlimited possibilities of this form of manipulation. With no … Continue reading Inception and Control

Heckel-tavism

Hacktivism has exploded in the public sphere as of late. With the likes of Wikileaks and Snowden the phrase hacktivism has become a household term. It is hard to forget the spooky image Anonymous presents with the creepy V for Vendetta masks and the tageline “We are legion.”. While their image is somewhat prolific I find that many people are still confused about what Anonymous does and whether they are bad or good. When speaker to some older students this week one person thought that they were a terrorist organisation. Some of this probably comes down to the medias representation … Continue reading Heckel-tavism

Social Media and Democracy

Social media is an embodiment of democracy in many ways. The larger collective and organisation of voices all contributing to a larger discussion, meaning that social media can be a highly successful aid to democracy in real world settings. One needs to look no further than the Arab Spring into 2010 to see the real world utilization of collective comment and condemnation, which then turned into tangible activate physical rebuttal of the governmental situation. Social media, such as Twitter, is perfect for organisation of protests and other events. But in some cases it can be used for harmful causes such … Continue reading Social Media and Democracy

Netflix Jumped The Wall

The average American television viewer is more insulated than most. The television landscape they have cultivated over the last 50 years is mostly driven by the 4 major television networks (FOX, NBC, ABC, CBS) and is heavily commercialized. The most left of field and globalized content available, up until the introduction of Hulu, Netflix and other streaming sites, was HBO. But even HBO presents mostly television series that deal with American problems in an American way, although with a heavily critical lens. What the streaming sites have given America is the chance to dilute it’s culturally isolated entertainment with television … Continue reading Netflix Jumped The Wall