Digital Shadow

This alternate reality tie in notifies that this information is easily accessible from something simple such as a Facebook account. I am able to log in through this website and it can within seconds, tell who interact with most and who could be potential scapegoats as well as what the frequent times are that I’m likely to be on my Facebook and the most frightening- what your value is as a target. 

I definitely believe that there is a more powerful functioning way to access personal information such as this. If Digital Shadow is available to show you how this works, there has to be something more advanced that real hackers and targeters use. 

This tells me that nothing you do online is really for yourself/private. You are able to find out what websites you use and how frequently you use them. I don’t doubt that there are more above and beyond ways to access peoples information to target someone and potentially steal or take their identities or other things. 



I believe that posting pictures online, does make it easier for somebody to find out who you are and other personal information that can be linked to the picture. I think people should be aware that if they are posting something online, that it is for everyone to see. Even if privacy settings are on high, all it takes is for one person to save a photo and share it with the rest of the world therefore people or strangers are viewing and possibly researching you’re identity based on the photo. Facebook is a website where there is a share button, where you are able to share other peoples photos or other Facebook categories with your own friends. This allows virtually anyone to see what you have posted and can literally be out of your hands without you even knowing it. 

Google glass, which is wearable surveillance that sort of turns the governments survaillance on people, on them. it is made for you to wear a camera often like a necklace and go on during the day watching other people rather than having hidden cameras. I think Sousveillance can have many different views towards it and can be made controversial in some peoples opinions. I think this will definitely increase crowd sourcing. Surveillance is already a talked about topic which has many different views that vary, and i think the addition of sousveillance to the surveillance debate will trigger more opinions and thoughts on privacy. 


The benefits of Friedman’s view of globalization is positive where he sees the world as a level playing field. Everyone has an equal opportunity in an increasingly competitive world. He described how living in a wold of increasing competition, everyones abilities show and are advanced to keep up with the fast growing and fast paced markets. Globalization forces lots of benefits such as intermingling with other countries creating better communication, learned cultures and economies because of this. Economic growth and new jobs come of this as well. 

Some problems that come of this include making the rich, richer and the poor, poorer. Other cons include unfair working conditions that can effect the environment negatively. Competitive pressure is harsh on many people who fear that they can’t keep up with competitiveness 

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Online Security

Website security isn’t sophisticated compared to other technologies of this century. One would assume that websites are secure and trusted when ordering or using your credit card and for entering in other personal information. However the government had kept a secret hidden from the world, that consisted of bad security that hasn’t been worked on or improved. two thirds of all web sites are not protected. This being said i think people and organizations both definitely deserve to know if a website or any digital device isn’t secure. Targets data breach was notorious and created uncertainty and distrust with their customers. I personally know people who will not shop at target anymore because of it. Everyone should know whether security isn’t totally secure so that people can be more aware and protected against identity theft and everything else that can come out of it. 

When private information is accessed, we don’t know. I personally had my credit card information stolen somehow, most likely an un-secure website, and i wasn’t aware how or when it happened. I only found out after seeing my bank statement afterward when it was too late and i had to order a new credit card number. This happens to many people and it needs to be stopped! 

I am absolutely more careful about shopping online. After what had happened with someone stealing my credit card information, I learned how easy it is for someone somehow to get access to information due to un-secure websites that i didn’t know about. After reading these articles my carefulness is definitely confirmed and i will continue being safe when entering in personal information like that ever again! In my BITM class here at UAlbany, we learned that if the website comes up highlighted in green, the website is secure, however you can only see that on a pc. Learning that made me feel a little bit better, so maybe if more sites could become clean and secure like those and if people could easily identify them as safe from the green highlighted URL even on macs, i would maybe shop online more and i think other people would definitely feel the same way!


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Illegal Downloading

Illegal downloading is not a victimless crime. Everyone does it, however that doesn’t make it right or legal. Downloading content such as music or movies is stealing without consent due to the copyright. Its illegal to not watch these items in the way that music and movie creators intended, which generates profit. The people associated with making money off of consumers purchasing their product still make money, but rely on the people who actually purchase the music. It seems fair to consumers but not to the people producing the material. 

According to The, downloading content isn’t the same as stealing. This website compares illegally downloading content online to stealing someones wallet. 69% of people were saying it isn’t stealing. while 31% say it is stealing. I agree that it isn’t stealing. If the music or movie is already downloadable online, its already there for us to see and use. I think the person who originally illegally downloaded or pirated the content and made it available to others is the only person who should be responsible or blamed for illegal activity. 

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MOOCs and Sebastian Thrun

Based on my experience with Codeacademy, I would definitely say MOOCs work! MOOC stands for a massive open online course. On Codeacademy, i was able to learn simple coding techniques that are commonly used in programing and coding on the web. It gave very easy to understand instructions and made coding interesting and fun to learn. I definitely think MOOCs work and are effective based on my experience. 

Sebastian Thrun was a Stanford graduate who developed Udacity. Udacity is known for teaching technology to people in an effective and simple way. Sebastian Thrun developed this as a MOOC, which he believed in,which was intended to target a large range of people and educate them in an easy way. However recently  Thrun has said that it has failed to educate undergraduates. “But the data was at odds with this idea.” says Thrun about educating such a large range of people. He recently said that improvements need to be made and mistakes were made and joked that he had the secret formula to make it work in the future. 


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Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz, an internet genius and activist ended up on “the wrong side of the law” resulting in an arrest for computer fraud that consisted of stealing and downloading illegal files. This took a strain on Swartz, who had been dealing with depression and lead to him hanging himself in his apartment. His family and partner saw no reasons for it, other than stress from the arrest and accusations of things that were described as harmless because nobody was effected by it. 

Aaron was an activist for freedom on the internet, and this shows that there are limitations. Swartz didn’t intend on creating a mess of the downloading and stealing of files from MIT that he and many other believed was harmless. This case tells us that like what was said before, there are limitations on the internet and two, that the government is watching what is being done online, which contributes to limitations on freedom. 

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Private Information

Private information is very important to all people. There are aspects of our lives that we like to keep private and other aspects that we like to have public. Things that i consider private information would be information revolving around money or relationships, which often happen to be top priorities in peoples lives. I know many people who keep these aspects private and i have also seen many people who are open about these topics on Social media such as Facebook and instagram. I am a firm believer in keeping these things private because when things are public i find that these things are more at “risk.” 

I think if someone publishes photos or statuses or comments on social media, the government is just like everyone else who views that stuff. I don’t think there is a problem at all with corporations or the government reviewing that material because the person posted it for the world to read in the first place. If someone wants to make something public, they are choosing to let the world view whatever it is on social media. I think if someone posts something private on social media they are to blame if the private content goes viral or the government or corporations see it. Once its on social media, its for the public. If someone wants to keep information private they should absolutely not post it on social media, unless they are okay with the world seeing it.