BCM206 Week 12 – The Internet of Things

IoT or the Internet of Things is a system that allows for computers and other devices to speak to each other without requiring human contact. Which too me sounds like a nightmare, yes it probably has its advantages but all our 'things' talking to each other without us knowing also is a major privacy concern. … Continue reading BCM206 Week 12 – The Internet of Things

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BCM206 Week 11 – Dark Fibre: Hackers, Botnets, Cyberwar

This weeks topic as Ted mentioned in his lecture sounds like it is straight out of a conspiracy theory. Sock puppets are online presences, false identities, complete with everything - history, a background - everything that would make you believe that this is a real person. But really what they are is a fake virtual … Continue reading BCM206 Week 11 – Dark Fibre: Hackers, Botnets, Cyberwar

BCM206 Week 10 – Digital Resistance: Hacktivists, Whistleblowers, #aftersnowden

Hacktivists are people who gain unauthorised access to computer files or networks in order to further social or political ends. An example of this would be the online hacktivist group 'Anonymous', they use the power of online technology to influence political revolutions and see themselves as 'helping the greater good' and do so to call … Continue reading BCM206 Week 10 – Digital Resistance: Hacktivists, Whistleblowers, #aftersnowden

BCM206 Week 8 – Bridges Made of Pebbles: Social Media and the Transformation of Journalism

The emergence of new technologies and social media has changed the ways of journalism. With these new technologies it has allowed one to many distribution of information. Journalists are now using social media such as Twitter as a resource as it allows individual but also mass communication - a one on one conversation but its … Continue reading BCM206 Week 8 – Bridges Made of Pebbles: Social Media and the Transformation of Journalism

BCM206 Week 7 – iOS vs Android: The Two Futures of the Mobile Net

Apple or Android, is a never ending debate. I have always and probably always will be an Apple person. I've had MacBook's, iPhones, iPads, iPods, I've had all the I's. Yet after this weeks topic looking at all the differences of each system you still probably couldn’t convince me to switch to Android, even though … Continue reading BCM206 Week 7 – iOS vs Android: The Two Futures of the Mobile Net

BCM206 Week 6 – The Feudalisation of the Internet

Feudalism was a vague and widely contested term that arose from European history, it was a relationship between lord and vassal organised around property and allegiance. The peasants are nominally free, they are not slaves, they are free to do what they please but the feudal lord controls all aspects of the land and peasants … Continue reading BCM206 Week 6 – The Feudalisation of the Internet

BCM206 Week 5 – The Longtail and the Attention Economy

The Long Tail, this is essentially the move our society is making away from mainstream products and markets and towards a huge number of niche productions and content. This move is due to the growth and advances of the Internet. This move has also seen old legacy media to almost be completely wiped out and … Continue reading BCM206 Week 5 – The Longtail and the Attention Economy