I’m scared of my Boyfriend’s Google Home, and you should be too!

Yes, this week's lecture 'The Internet of Things: from networked objects to anticipatory spaces' (IoT) did bring up some feelings of resentment and mistrust that I have towards my boyfriend's Google Home. To understand why let me first explain what the IoT is, and how the Google Home is related to it. The IoT in a … Continue reading I’m scared of my Boyfriend’s Google Home, and you should be too!

Advertisements

Kermit is a sock puppet?!

I know, your whole life has been a lie. Kermit is not a hand-rod puppet but in fact.... A mere sock puppet. In this weeks lecture on the topic of 'Dark Fibre; hackers, botnets and cyberwar'  Ted introduced the concept of 'sock puppets'. Sock puppets are fictitious online personas which are heavily created to look … Continue reading Kermit is a sock puppet?!

Can we start a #revolution baby?

Connectivity is an inherent part of the internets nature. It enables us to have instantaneous global access to like-minded people, which is a pretty powerful phenomenon. The internet is dialogic by design, and has proven to be an excellent tool for starting revolutions for this reason. We have seen this in cases such as the … Continue reading Can we start a #revolution baby?

Social Media and the Emergence of Citizen Journalism

In recent years Journalism both as a profession and as an action has undertaken a transformation due to social media. As a result of everyone having access to a portable camera and multiple platforms to upload content to, the act of citizen journalism has emerged. Citizen journalism is simply the act of the general public … Continue reading Social Media and the Emergence of Citizen Journalism

Comfort or Freedom? Closed vs Open Software.

Closed vs Open sourced software... a debate that has often been narrowed down to the two powerhouses of mobile technology; iOS vs Android. This week we discussed the differences, the benefits and the limitations of open and closed source software. Here are the main differences between the two: Closed (iOS) -Apple has total control of iOS … Continue reading Comfort or Freedom? Closed vs Open Software.

Lord Mimikyu’s Walled Garden – A representation of iFeudalism

The Feudalisation of the internet, otherwise known as iFeudalism is a current Social Media centred phenomenon. It's name is based off of the Medieval European structure of Feudalism. iFeudalism is the concept where Social Media organisations such as Apple, Android and YouTube are closing off sections of the internet by creating "walled garden" structures. The … Continue reading Lord Mimikyu’s Walled Garden – A representation of iFeudalism