The Internet of Things

“The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.” (source) A thing in the IoT can be almost anything, a car wth built…

Census Hack

How many of us saw this screen? I know I certainly did. I along with many other Australians begrudgingly completed the census, with concerns relating to privacy, security and identification. The retention of the information collected has usually been kept for 18 months but will now be kept for 4 years… just enough time to…

Snowden; Hacktivist

“Hacktivism is the act of hacking a website or computer network in an effort to convey a social or political message. The person who carries out the act of hacktivism is known as a hacktivist. Hacktivists educate the public on perceived regulatory injustices and encourage response.“ (source) Edward Snowden is a former National Security Agency…

Social Revolutions

Digital tools like Facebook, Youtube and Twitter have changed the way activism takes place. As the world is becoming more connected those who want to make a change are being increasingly empowered. People no longer have to go outside and find people who have the same view to protest with them, they just have to…

Citizen Journalism

With the increasing use of phones to record things and the creation of drones and Go Pros many people are becoming “citizen journalists”. Citizen journalism is based on public citizens playing an active role in the reporting of news and information. Citizens can often report breaking news quicker than traditional media reporters. Twitter is the…

My phones better than your phone!

  We all know the argument someone will have and iPhone, another will have an Android and they start debating over which phone is better. People argue about the look, functionality etc, but the biggest argument is that of open or closed operating systems. But what does that mean? A closed system restricts its users…