So it’s the final week of blogging for Digc202 and we’re looking at the internet of things (iot). So I guess to start off I’ll explain what I mean when I’m talking about the iot. The iot is about connecting any device that’s connected to the internet, from your phone to your toaster, and interacting with you and among themselves.
To show an idea of what a future of the iot looks like we looked at a concept video by Ericsson showing a guy interact with a bunch of the appliances in his house. I really like tech so it seemed like a pretty cool idea for the future, certainly it looked like a very comfortable lifestyle. After looking at hacking for two weeks though, I’m a little weary of that future concept. The potential damage someone would be able to do is scary, and it kind of makes me want to go and live in the wood hut in the middle of nowhere. My new life in the wilderness was put on hold though as I remembered a video I’d watched in which skilled hackers compared to trained martial artists. In both cases the chance that either of them is going to randomly attack me is highly unlikely.
This week we looked at dark fiber, hackers, botnets, and cyberwar, and the examples that we looked at were huge things, like the hacker group LulSec who hacked companies like Fox, CBS, and Bethesda, and the Stuxnet the cyberweapon that infected thousands of systems.
I thought for this week I would look at the stuff that we were more likely to have to look out for on the internet, in doing this I enlisted the help of someone who has worked in IT for over 30years, my Dad.
So whats the most common thing we should look out for?
The most common thing I have to deal with is spamware. So something will pop up, usually pretending to be antivirus software saying that your infected with thousands of viruses, and then once clicked will install their usually nonfictional antivirus software and charge you for it, and then they’ll request access to fix your computer and keep charging money for nothing.
So what can us normies do to minimise our risk of getting infected?
First off, if something pops up and you’re not sure if it something already installed, don’t click it. Other than that stay off porn and ware sites, there the worst for pop ups that will just start installing crap. There are always other ways to get your porn or your wares.
Also if someone Emails you and says they need your help with moving millions of dollars, don’t believe them.
This was a funny week, I learnt about hacktivism and whistle-blowers, and as I read more articles and thought about the hacker ethics and I’ve come to the conclusion that I must have been a hacker in a past life or something. I don’t know what it is but all of the values and thinking around hacking just seemed to talk to me, free information and the game like thinking, it just sounds fun… I may have even gotten into an argument about Edward Snowden with someone.
It’s a shame that I have no Hacking skill at all though, or maybe it’s not. As hacking becomes more and more a thing and not just something that happens in movies like War games and the Matrix, people and governments are becoming more extreme when it comes to how they think and treat hackers.
Maybe I’ll just stick to blogging.
Social media revolution, it’s definitely a thing and Id argue that there’s enough instances of its use to show that it works, but why is this the case?
Well the obvious major factor is the sheer number of people you can reach using social media. Looking at statistics from this year, every second people shared 100,000 tweets, almost 685,000 Facebook posts, 3,600 Instagram photos, and uploaded 48 hours of video onto YouTube.
With this amount of content being shared, the potential you have to reach huge numbers of people is unrivalled, and spreading awareness of the issue is the first step in creating revolution.
The next step is to actually get people to do something about it, and admittedly this is where the big weakness for using social media for revolution is found. On social media people are quick to say they support something but slow to act on their statements.
For the thousands of slacktivists though there will be people that will actually take action and that’s all that really matters, throughout history small groups of people standing together for a cause have brought about huge change.
I’m in quite a weird spot studying digital media and journalism at the same time; both seem to somehow slightly contradict one and other. Quite a few times I’ve come right from a journalism lecture where the lecturer assured students that yes journalism is changing but with hard work you’ll be able to get jobs, into my digital media class with the lecturer asking why anyone would be so stupid to study journalism, awkward to say the least.
My journalism lecturer is right though, journalism is changing, I just think it’s changing more than they think. The main question we have to ask is, why would someone pay to get the same thing they can get for free? Most of the time, and I mean like 99.99% of the time they won’t.
So knowing this, why am I studying journalism? Well, realistically I don’t plan on getting paid to be a professional journalist, but there’s heaps of stuff that I want to do that use the skills that I’ll learn through it.
I’m just hoping the digital media will be a good fall-back….
The debate that started when time began (at least it seems) ios vs Android, many a night have a sat listening to friends argue over why one is better than the other and that the other person is stupid for not thinking the same, and I’ve got to be honest I’m a little tired of it.
The debate for me has always been a little tedious anyway, because really it’s not about which one is ‘better’ it’s simply a question of what you prefer. So let’s strip it back to the fundamental choice, open or closed source.
For those of you who don’t know, open source means the source code is available on a universal level. The idea is that by being open to everyone the software will be a mass collaboration that is constantly improved, fixed, and updated. In practice for the consumer this means that if they want to change or add something in the software on their phone and know how, they can.
Closed source, in the most basic of terms just means the company that owns the software reserves the right to update/modify their software.
I come at this from someone who was raised using a PC so naturally I tend to go for Android. I’m just used to it; I’m used to being able to choose what I want to do with my device and then changing it to make it happen. What I’m trying to get at though is that the choice between the two isn’t about which one is better, they both have good and bad bits, It’s about what you prefer to use and are comfortable with.
The other day I overheard an interaction between a woman and the staff at a café. The café had a tv playing with subtitles, for people to watch when they waited for their coffees. The local news came on, and in a blur the woman bolted up to the counter and asked that the station be changed because she didn’t want her son who was with her and must have been around 12/13 to see what was happening on the news.
I mulled over this scene in my head throughout the day, slightly perplexed as I grew up surrounded by the news, if it wasn’t on the tv or the radio, people were discussing it around me, and for the most part I just ignored it because the news is boring, especially when your younger.
But anyway this choice that was taken away from this kid to see the news, reminded me of the restrictions that websites like Facebook put on what its users can see. Just like the mother of this kid these sites makes the choice as to what we can and can’t see. The similarities don’t stop there though as just like the younger me, when most people hear about this and learn about the sites with more freedom they still tend to go stick with the curated sites.
Oh and by the way, I pass no judgement on the parenting of the woman I referred to; I have no idea how to raise a kid, so good job to her for keeping him alive!