Category Archives: DIGC202 (Global Networks)

The Internet of Things to Consider

The “Internet Of Things (IoT)” is a new phenomenon, which was conceptualised in 1999 as a way to describe the relationship between ‘objects’ and the internet (Mitew, 2014). When I say objects, I literally mean passive objects – from fridges … Continue reading

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Beyond the Walls

Hackers are able to anonymously navigate their way through cyberspace through a Tor system, which uses an encryption that makes your IP address completely untraceable. There are some hackers that have used this power to become cyber criminals. You see, our trail of … Continue reading

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Activism of the Cyber Kind

Activism is constantly shifting and changing as new means to protest become available. Hacktivism is one of the more recent means of protest, where instead of physically sitting infront of a building to block entrance, activists will block access by virtally … Continue reading

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Social Media As A Tool For Liberty

The role of social media in facilitating social movements has been widely debated. The terms ‘clicktivism‘ and ‘slacktivism‘ are ones I see regularly thrown around within countries that have a relatively liberal online (and offline) presence. However, I feel these … Continue reading

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News and World News

Before the age of distributed networks, industrial media dominated the news telling sphere. This network of gatekeepers involves a centralised process of filtering what should and shouldn’t be determined as news (Mitew, 2014). Industrial media entitles us to access news … Continue reading

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Open source software – the path to a better world?

It was 2007, Apple had just launched the iPhone – a revolutionary innovation. The iPhone was a completed product, a walled garden and a closed device. In 2008, Android released the HTC Dream – an incomplete product, an open garden of … Continue reading

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Within the Walls

Coined by Tele-Communications Inc. creator, John Malone, the Walled Garden refers to the curated content that flows through platforms and apps that the ‘garden owners’, such as Facebook, Instagram and app stores control. These garden owners control and censor all aspects … Continue reading

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