BCM206

Privacy in an IoT world

Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the “concept of connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet.”¬†This includes home appliances such as your toaster, oven, toothbrush, fridge and pretty much anything else you can think of. This creates the phenomena of a ‘smart home’: a home that pre-heats the oven before you’ve gotten home from work, dims the lights when your ready to watch TV and soon learns to predict your every move.¬† Continue reading

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BCM206

Sock Puppets and Cyberwarfare

Sock Puppets: “False online personas equipped to seem like real people while entering online discussion through blogs, message boards, chats and more. With a false persona, a user could discredit opponents, or create the semblance of consensus.” Continue reading

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BCM206

Social Media ReVoLuTiOnS

Social Media can be used for a lot of good. Take the Arab Springs uprisings for example; Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were instumental for organising, coordinating and spreading the word about protests for the political movement. And as social media continues to develop with the introduction of live videos, stories and locations… it will increasingly continue to be instrumental in political events. Continue reading

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BCM206

DATABOOK

“Our leisure time is now to be spent producing information for the vulture industries of Google and Co, in an unequal exchange of information. In exchange for the poll tax of personal data, we get to watch each others cat videos, while Google becomes some new version of the state, presiding over all our bitty lives, master of all our data, in aggregate.” – McKenzie Wark

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