When Google Glass came out, everybody laughed. Glass wasn’t practical, it was extremely pricy, and it looked silly to boot. No average person was going to go out and spend $1,500 on a facial computer that was going to get mocked by their friends. We more or less denounced the idea of wearable technology, and … More Let’s Talk Tech: Photos and Privacy
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) were introduced in 2011 as a way to drastically cut down on the number and frequency of pirated U.S. goods, particularly overseas. The bills were designed so that any website with links or promotional pages for copyrighted materials would be shut down, and this sparked … More Let’s Talk Tech: SOPA and PIPA
Hactivism itself is not much different than physical forms of protest. It’s creating a mild inconvenience for a large corporation accompanied by a message of “we don’t like what you’re doing”, like when the infamous group Anonymous crashed PayPal, Visa, and Mastercard’s websites for not supporting donations to Wikileaks (Thompson). While irritating to those who … More Let’s Talk Tech: Hactivism
There are advocates for both sides of the digital fence: yes, social media makes our lives better because information is more readily accessible and therefore we are more aware than ever (Agrawal), and no, social media has turned people into inhumane robots incapable of forming meaningful relationships and paying attention to each other (Lee). However, instead … More Let’s Talk Tech: Does Social Media Make Our Lives Better?