NOT YOUR REGULAR SOCK PUPPET

In 2011 the US military developed software known as ‘sock puppets,’ that secretly manipulated social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda. The contract developed was described as an ‘online persona management service’ that allowed US servicemen or women to control and oversee up to 10 separateContinue reading “NOT YOUR REGULAR SOCK PUPPET”

HACKING FOR A CAUSE

Hacktivism is described as the act of using legal or illegal digital tools in pursuit of free speech and political ends. State and local governments often find themselves at the centre of the attacks, but hacktivists can also target corporations, drug dealers and pedophiles. Online activists have had success in freezing government servers, defacing websites, andContinue reading “HACKING FOR A CAUSE”

FACEBOOK: PLATFORM FOR REVOLUTIONS

Social media fuelled a revolution during the Arab Spring protests that commenced in 2010. Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria were among a number of Arab countries that headed to Facebook and Twitter to coordinate and organise mass protests. Social media was used as a platform to express discontent felt for many years, by the citizens ofContinue reading “FACEBOOK: PLATFORM FOR REVOLUTIONS”

TWITTER AS A NEWS SOURCE

With the rise of the produser, there has been a spike in citizen journalism, with Twitter being the go-to social media platform for the latest updates and breaking news. The lecture this week touched on the notion of value and source credibility in regards to the scale of data. When information is scarce, content isContinue reading “TWITTER AS A NEWS SOURCE”

COMFORT VS. FREEDOM

The ice-breaker at parties and the most controversial debate of the century: iPhone or Android? No matter what smartphone you choose to support, there is no denying the two systems have revolutionised the way we use technology. Although the two smartphones have a number of similarities, they also differ in some big ways, with oneContinue reading “COMFORT VS. FREEDOM”

ONLINE METADATA: AN UNREQUITED FRIENDSHIP

It comes as no surprise now that services such as Facebook and Google are tracking our every move online, gathering as much information as possible on each and everyone of us. We have seen this with the Cambridge Analytica Scandal earlier this year, but just how  much information do these services really know? Well apparentlyContinue reading “ONLINE METADATA: AN UNREQUITED FRIENDSHIP”

NETFLIX VS. CHANNEL 7 FRIDAY NIGHT 6:30

Throwback to the days when flicking through the weekly TV guide to decide between the limited movie options offered on a Friday night was the most tiring experience of your childhood. Would it be Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on Channel 7 or Shrek on Channel 10? More often than not the movies youContinue reading “NETFLIX VS. CHANNEL 7 FRIDAY NIGHT 6:30”