Sousveillance

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. 

Globalization

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 

1)The Pros And Cons Of Globalization. (n.d.). Retrieved April 24, 2014, from http://www.manufacturing.net/articles/2010/06/the-pros-and-cons-of-globalization

2) TABLE: The Pros and Cons of Globalization. (n.d.). Retrieved April 24, 2014, from http://www.businessweek.com/2000/00_17/b3678003.htm

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!

 

1) Consumer Information. (n.d.). Identity Theft. Retrieved April 17, 2014, from http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft

2) Web Security Basics. (n.d.). Web Security Basics. Retrieved April 17, 2014, from http://www.beyondsecurity.com/web-security-and-web-scanning.html

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 Guardian.com, 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. 

1)  Is illegal downloading the same as stealing a wallet?. (2013, September 16). Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/poll/2013/sep/16/illegal-downloading-stealing-wallet-poll

2)  Goessl, L. (2009, December 16). Illegal downloading victimless crime. Retrieved from http://www.insidetechnology360.com/index.php/illegal-downloading-victimless-crime-20385/

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. 

 

1) Sebastian Thrun’s Homepage. (n.d.). Retrieved April 3, 2014, from http://robots.stanford.edu/

2) Sebastian Thrun: MOOCs Not Effective for Undergraduate Education After All… | online learning insights. (n.d.). Retrieved April 3, 2014, from http://onlinelearninginsights.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/sebastian-thrun-moocs-not-effective-for-undergraduate-education-after-all/