Blog Week 10 and 11

 

 

Today in class we was learning about Online Civil disobedience and Hacktivism, but before going straight in to discussion I will give you a brief answers what this words mean.

So the Civil disobedience is the active, professed refusal to obey certain laws, demands, and commands of a government, or of an occupying international power. The civil disobedient, finding legitimate avenues of change blocked or nonexistent, feels obligated by a higher, extralegal principle to break some specific law. It is because acts associated with civil disobedience are considered crimes, however, and known by actor and public alike to be punishable, that such acts serve as a protest. Because Internet became so powerful and the most used source of information / communication in our life’s civil disobedience embrace and created a new form called online civil disobedience. A good example would be riots in London in August 2011. People was using Blackberry private social network to message each other and to plan organize violence. Some of the people were using Facebook for inciting rioting. Lammy said BlackBerry Messenger was “one of the reasons why unsophisticated criminals are outfoxing an otherwise sophisticated police force”. He added: “BBM is different as it is encrypted and police can’t access it.” Computer hackers defaced the RIM official blog in a retaliatory attack over the company’s pledge to assist the ongoing police investigation.

Hungry 1956 students communicated a protest by using an old printing press for posters and an old radio equipment to send messages in Morse code.

When it comes to the Hacktivism its individual or a group of people who is the act of hacking, or breaking into a computer system, for a politically or socially motivated purpose. The individual who performs an act of hacktivism is said to be a hacktivist.

In my own opinion Online Civil disobedience and Hactivism are for political or social cause. So that’s the people who involved in Online Civil disobedience use an Internet as a technology tool, which gives them ability to create a new forms of protest or extralegal principles to break some specific law.

Anonymous is an Online Hacktivist group, this community acting anonymously all across the globe in a coordinate manner. “Anonymous is a decentralized network of individuals focused on promoting access to information, free speech, and transparency.” Anonymous is also generally considered to be a blanket term for members of certain Internet subcultures, a way to refer to the actions of people in an environment where their actual identities are not known. Wired has called Anonymous a culture, complete with its own “aesthetics and values, art and literature, social norms and ways of production, and even its own dialectic language.”  Good example of anonymous would be on the Italian branch of the hacking collective Anonymous took down the Vatican’s website on Wednesday 7th of March in retaliation for the “corruption” of the Roman Catholic Church.

Another Hacktivist group I was studying about called LulzSec, it is a computer hacker group that claimed responsibility for several high profile attacks, including the compromise of user accounts from Sony Pictures, Fox.com, Nintendo and etc… The LulzSec is a group of people who are very skilled and knowledge, they joined together to perform computer hacking. In my own opinion this group together with the Anonymous are organised ”Operation Anti-Security”. They steal and publish government information as well as user data and password.

I don’t think that I could be convinced to become politically active through social media. Yeah of course I’m person who uses new technologies and Internet on every day basis, and sometimes I come across different online disobedience and other political activism forms, but I don’t get involved in any of these cases. I just not interested in any of these activities and propagandas, I’m busy with my own life, I let my government to dill with this situation, because on my own opinion they way the government will dill different in this matter for example (the way they says / do) that’s the way it will happened. No matter if you attends any riots live or not its doesn’t matter, the government is more educated in terms of political point of view, and I just an ordinary person (designer).

 

WEBOGRAPHY:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_disobedience

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/119219/civil-disobedience

http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/definition/hacktivism

http://anonanalytics.com/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/aug/09/london-riots-blackberrys-police

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LulzSec

 

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By Slavik

Blog Week 9

Almost every person is registered in some sort of social websites such as (facebook, myspace, twitter, bebo and more) And tell you true that nowadays almost each of us know, what our friends are doing in the moment or what they done in the past, where they are located, you don’t even how to communicate with them, you can simply open they profile and check they status information, photos and videos.

This is the power of the Internet and social websites, we all involved with it and we all exposed our life for everyone. When it’s comes to me, I’m the same person as you all, I also use social websites, I also upload images and videos, and I also get tagged in images from my friends. The information which one I have online is private and only my friends can view it, also I try to keep only information which one on my opinion can be public, the information which one my friends don’t spouse to know I don’t publish. I know myself what kind of images and video of myself I can publish and make it live to the public, and which not. Sometimes we add our own employers and managers in friend list, I know that they can see all of my information, but as soon as I add them I’m applying certain setting on what type of the information, images or videos they can see and what they can’t. I always try to think 1st and then do it, so that’s why the information I have on my social public websites is tight and clean, and I would be a shamed to find out next day from my friends, or employers that for example I was drunk on Sunday night.

Everyone knows that opinions can be formed straight away after looking at your profile page, without even knowing a person.

My own opinion of the implications of Digital Natives is that they started using digital technology’s since they were born, I don’t think that they will tell who they really are in their profiles, they will limit the information they want to be displayed. Most of them will form their lifestyle in an environment with the information technologies, but I think they also became more influenced by others. Maybe later when they grow up, when they would be busy working or studding they will don’t have that much time using public networked, they would be more engaged in real life.

I think that online deviance always would be live, and it’s all up to the people. A lot of people world wide who are engaged in discriminations, racism, violence, picture / video bullying etc… They write everything bad just to make person to upset; they think it’s a fun game just by writing or emailing it. The users know that they have online freedom and they know that the person who got this email from then would be worried and panicking, who send it? Who is trying to scare me? Who is keep texting me and following all my moves? The reason for that is because they unknown.

My own opinion parents how to watch they teenagers, the websites such as (how to suicide, how to create a home made bomb and so on…) should be blocked by government policies, and the teenagers itself how to think first before making any moves. Another good thing would be by Google itself blocking certain keywords, so the teenager who looking for something that against government policies or against appropriated behavior could not get that information.

Moral panic certainly comes with the increasing scale of networked public, and its always will be. I think that people themselves provoke others, by posting images of themselves which don’t have to be displayed at all circumstances, and that’s where all cyber bulling and sexual intention begins.

As I mention before parents have to be aware of what they teenagers are doing, they have to communicate with them more, and also the teenagers themselves have to think upfront of what can happened before posting something.

By Slavik

Blog Week 8

Online relationship is a dating system, which allows individuals, couples and groups to make contact and communicate with each other over the Internet, usually with the objective of developing a personal, romantic, or sexual relationship.

The creation of the Internet and its progressive innovations have opened up doors for people to meet other people who they may very well have never met otherwise.

Before entering online dating services member require provide his personal information such as age range, gender, description and location. When we log on to some website we are surrounded by age appropriate singles every time.

People no longer need to search on the streets to find casual relationships. They can find them online, if that is what they desire. Instead of paying for sexual favors and “love” on the streets with the risk of being arrested, publicly humiliated, or catching sexually transmitted diseases, internet dating websites offer matchmaking services for people to find love or whatever else they may be looking for. On the large online dating websites such as (www.match.com or http://www.pof.com) you can find him/her to match your own taste quicker then you can do it in real life, so that’s why online dating websites give a good opportunity for people who uncomfortable in public, even talk to the person he find himself interesting, that’s why using the biggest dating website makes them easer to find they second half.

I know some of my good girls friends over in Russia, who was using online dating website just to meet man from other country and if the relationship would be successful, to move away with him and completely leave they own country.

Some people who are in an online relationship also participate in cybersex, which is a virtual sex encounter in which two or more people who are connected remotely via computer network send each other sexually explicit messages describing a sexual experience. The term “Internet Relationship” also refers to a connection between two or more individuals based on friendship, business, etc…

Here is a good example of an online relatonship.

In the article “Virtual Love”, Meghan Daum describes how a single email led her to fall in love with a man named Pete, whom she had only communicated with over emails and through the telephone. When the two finally meet and begin to spend quality time with each other, Daum begins to notice that there was no common ground between the two of them when they were together in person. The relationship that the two of them had shared and enjoyed was only visible through a computer screen and heard through a telephone. The online relationship that Meghan experiences with Pete is soon shattered when they meet person-to-person for the first time, and reality kicks in for both of them, leading them to discontinue their relationship in the end.

In my own opinion online dating is old and many people have tried it; some have been satisfied and some not. For example I find online relationship pointless and waste of time, because People often write vague or dishonest profiles hoping to attract as many prospects as possible and also I’m not 100% sure that the person I’m talking to is her, not some sick mad man, who enjoys talk to the young lads. I don’t have time to sit online and try to find a relationship, dating website are very addictive and I certainly don’t have time for it, I also think that is maybe because I’m still young and because I’m not ready for long relationship, but still I don’t have a problem to meet girl who I’m interested in public.

The Internet is an illusion of meeting. Each person is different and they do what they think is right; when it comes to me I’m against online relationship.

By Slavik