Hacktivism is generally the act of gaining access to data and/or networks for a political or social motiviation. While hacktivism can employ illegal tactics to reach this goal, should it be defined as malicious? The crime they commit is essentially an act of curiousity, a yearning to know more, to learn more, and to share… Continue reading HACKTIVISTS: Knowledge gives you freedom, and this we will bestow.
This week’s lecture discussed social media being used as a tool to organise revolutions, however the key message wasn’t the #mena #arabspring or #maidan revolutions, bur rather it revolved around censorship, how social media can be used to get around it. The internet, being an anarchic environment, allows for anyone to participate. There are no in built filters,… Continue reading Connectivity is Power
Our online presence creates a bridge made of pebbles: that is to say, the information we put online through our tweets, snaps, emails and posts make up individual pieces of data, which when viewed separately can be considered worthless, however, when viewed as a whole, it creates a path of information which one can navigate and… Continue reading Bring Together Information
The internet is essentially a giant surveillance platform – everything is recorded and nothing is discarded. Data collection, however, can be a scary thing. In Australia, we are all subjected to the Mass Data Retention Scheme, which holds all our metadata for two years. Now holding a singular piece of metadata doesn’t seem too worrying, but the aggregation… Continue reading Surveillance for Cyberwar
Copyright allows a creator to retain the exclusive commercial rights to their intellectual property, resulting in an economic incentive to drive growth in the creative industries. However, copyright can also strangle creativity, disallowing for advancements which could improve products. So what options are there for those who wish to solve this problem? Enter open source: a… Continue reading Love is an Open Source
I find the most interesting aspect of the iOT to be the data collection and aggregation. It is going to lead the future of marketing into a really interesting space as the vast amounts of metadata that organisations are able to collect and process through these devices will result in a wealth of material, which… Continue reading iOT and Data
We all utilise the internet, capitalising on ‘free’ nature of the system. However, in exchange for free use of closed internet services such as Facebook or google, these networks collect our metadata, taking a data tax if you will. That doesn’t seem too scary on the surface, but if you look into it a bit more,… Continue reading THE INTERNET IS FREE, or is it?