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What does this alternative reality game – tie in do?

This website has you log in through your facebook and it takes all your information and tries to pick out who your stalkers are, who your friends and enemies are. Where your located and how much money you make, Based on the information that digitalshadow gathered about me it was not that correct it was right about a few things but not everything. I am not exactly sure how this has anything to do with a video game though. This game seems to be like Grand Theft Auto but you can control cyber space and do all the thing you could in grand theft auto with the help of technology. The trailer for this game seems very interesting and scary all at the same time because this is what people are really doing in real life just where we cant see what they are doing.

Do you think that there might be a more powerful/better functioning example that is coded by professional data miners?

I am positive that there is definitely a more powerful/better functioning example that is coded by professionals. If some video game designer can come up with this why not a professional who spends their life trying to hack into peoples information, how do I know that logging into this website through my facebook that I did not just give all my information to someone I do not know. It is scary you never know what or who is watching when your online.

What does this say about your online privavcy?

This says that we do not have any online privacy, yah there might be a privacy setting on facebook to only let certain people see your page but apparently that isn’t stopping some people. This makes me scared to think that I just submitted my information to this game and now my information will be on it. Who knows what they are going to do with all the information they have gathered from people just logging onto this website. Also the fact that someone could even come up with a game concept like this is pretty crazy.


Week 13 Soursveillance

When you post pics and photos online are you making it easier for someone to research you or someone you know?

With technology such as Google glass, do you believe that there will be an increase in the crowd sourcing of surveillance? Is this a problem or feature?

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After looking up soursurveillance I have heard of this before it is like when you go on Bing and look up your address sometimes there are pictures of the cars in your driveway and the exact picture or surveillance of your house or anyone house in that case. It is kind of creepy knowing that there are cameras watching everyone recording them all over the place, but in the case of the Boston bombing it was a good thing because that is how they found the two guys, buy looking though surveillance videos. 

When posting photos online yes I am totally making it easier for someone to research me or someone I know. Even if i have my setting to privacy there are people out there that know how to hack into peoples accounts and they can get what ever they want that way. I actually watched an episode of CSI last night where this murder used a womans identity to put her on a porn cite and basically exploit her body, but by creating her online he use a real persons identity to attract wealthy men and he took their money and killed their families. All of this happened through a computer he would record the men watching the porn through their cameras with out them even knowing. The whole story line pretty much ties into this surveillance thing.  Anyways when putting this information out there we as in alot of other people not just me, make it so easy for someone to exploit us or for someone to find us. It is actually really scary if you think about it, the cyber world is a scary place. 

I had no idea what Google glass was until I looked it up and I think that is pretty cool. And it is kind of crazy to think what they can actually create with technology. I do not think that there will be an increase of crowd sourcing of surveillance because these glasses are pretty expensive. I would just rather use a computer but the Google glass makes it more inconspicuous if you wanted to record someone with out them knowing. I am not sure if this is a problem now but i feel like down the road this could become a problem and be an invasion of peoples privacy’s. 

Week 12 “The World Isn’t Flat”

What are some of the benefits described in this view of Globalization?

What are some of the problems that come with globalization? 2 citations 2 paragraphs 

Some of the benefits described in this view of globalization are rather different than one would expect. According to Thomas Friedman “I feel about globalization a lot like I feel about the dawn. Generally speaking, I think it is a good thing the sun comes up every morning. It does more good than harm. But even if I didn’t much care for the dawn there isn’t much I could do about it. I didn’t start globalization, I can’t stop it — except at a huge cost to human development–and I’m not going to waste my time trying. All I want to think about is how I can get the best out of this new system, and cushion the worst, for the most people” (Cobb). Thomas believes that Americans should continue to update working skills and strive for better to make the world a better place. Friedman thinks that there should be a lot more youths getting involved in science, engineering and mathematics before there are more people in other countries doing these jobs in stead of Americans. There are many benefits to globalization but most of them involve getting people involved according to Friedman.

According to Friedman there are many problems that come with globalization such as “The degradation of the planet may make it incapable of supporting its human population. The global economy is rapidly depleting the resources on which it depends, polluting the air, water, and land and changing the global climate. There are critical reasons for searching for an alternative” (Cobb). Friedman goes into more details about many problems associated with globalization like not being able to get enough people to pay attention to the fact that the world is being depleted and there are ways to prevent it but it may be to late. The planet earth will eventually not be able to support all the life on it if people do not understand globalization and how to help change this process that could happen. “If this radical change could be implemented by human decisions, other decisions could effect other changes” (Friedman).


Works cited 

Friedman, T. (2014, April 21). The World Is Flat. Wikipedia. Retrieved April 24, 2014, from

The World Is Flat. (n.d.). Home. Retrieved April 24, 2014, from

Jr., J. C. (n.d.). Globalization With A Human Face. Globalization With A Human Face. Retrieved April 24, 2014, from 

Week 11 Security Issues

1. Should individuals and/or organizations have responsibility to the public to report any digital security failures?  Why or why not?

Yes, I think that individuals and organizations should have the responsibility to report any digital security failures to the public. The public deserves to know what is going on with security issues and such. If they do not get the information out there publicly how else would they get the information to the people? Most people trust that the things they do on the internet is safe apparently not. Or even going to the store like target around Christmas time that breech in their data should have been disclosed to the public immediately as consumers we dissever to know.

 2. Do you, as a consumer, have a right to know if your ‘private’ information has been accessed?  Why, or why not?

Based on this information from Mary Madden “18% of online adults have had important personal information stolen such as their Social Security Number, credit card, or bank account information”(Madden). As a consumer I absolutely have the right to know if my private information has been accessed. I would like to know a good reason why it would be ok to not tell people that their private information has been accessed. I cannot think of any reason why you would keep this kind of information from people. Every individual or consumer has the right to know something this serious.  

 3. Are you more likely or less likely to shop online knowing what you now know about how potentially vulnerable your information is as well as the possibility that companies may not always share when your information may have been compromised?

             I sparingly shop online not that frequently, some people go as far as buying their toilet paper online, I have limits I only buy certain things online and only from certain websites. I make sure there is a lock symbol in the corner and I make sure it is from a place where I have an account where I can access my information. I make sure I check frequently to make sure there is nothing wrong with my bank account when I shop online. But knowing what I know now I am less eager to buy things online I think I might just go to the store instead.

 4. What would it take for you to change your opinion in question #3 to the opposite opinion?

If there was a way of knowing that my information would be safe and not available to anyone and everyone who want to see it. To change my answer I need to know that the company I am buying from is legit and not fraudulent. If I knew that the website that I am buying from isn’t going to hack into my account and spend my money that would make me change my mind. This is what I don’t want to happen according to Casey Fleming and the poch times “Target appears to have failed to act on its anti-intrusion software on planned escape routes of the attackers” (Fleming pochtimes). And if they could prevent this I would shop online.

Works cited

Fleming, C. (2014, April 9). The Target Data Breach: A Risk Management Industry Perspective – The Epoch Times. The Epoch Times The Target Data Breach A Risk Management Industry Perspective Comments. Retrieved , from

 Madden, M. (2014, April 4). More online Americans say they’ve experienced a personal data breach. Pew Research Center RSS. Retrieved , from

Week 10 Illegal Downloading

Is illegal downloading a victimless crime?
Is it different from stealing? If yes why/ how is it different? 2 citations 2 paragraphs
I think illegal downloading is a victimless crime and sometimes I think it is wrong too. When downloading illegaly you are not putting a gun to someones head, it is easy to access information that is right in front of you. When downolading illegaly you are not going to a store and stealing actual cds instead taking the risk to download something on your own computer, and then do what ever after that. When downloading illegaly you are not hurting anyone physicaly. Not paying for a downloaded song or movie is not that big of a deal to me. When I was younger I use to use limewire then it became frostwire and now I use itunes and buy the songs. Honestly at the time I downloaded illegally I did not think it was a crime, I figured it was out there so it was free and if there was an issue with that then being able to download illegally should not be so easy to access, that is someone elses promblem not mine.
Now that I explore the issue yes it is stealing. Yes when downloading illegally you are stealing someones music or movie or program or what ever it is. I think that the issue should be brought upon limewire and or frostwire and the websites that make it so people can pirate these songs and movies so easily. I think that downloading songs is a different way of stealing than what peopel are use to, this is stealing in an advanced way allowing people to go under the radar because it is so common that they could not arrest everyone who does it. Now if you think of actual stealing you can get cought and punish for those actions. This is simular to what Aaron Swarts did and he took his own life over the consiquences of taking free things from the internet. Clearly someone thinks that downloading illegaly is and issue considering the fines can be up to 150,000 up to five years in jail ect. So yes it it stealing in what ever form of stealing you want to call it.

Adams, A. (2009). Predicting Illegal Downloading Behavior: An Analysis of Opinions About the Copyright Holder. Conference Papers — American Society Of Criminology, 1.

Aaltonen, M., & Salmi, V. (2013). Versatile Delinquents or Specialized Pirates? A Comparison of Correlates of Illegal Downloading and Traditional Juvenile Crime. Journal Of Scandinavian Studies In Criminology & Crime Prevention, 14(2), 188-195. doi:10.1080/14043858.2013.837267



Week 9 Course MOOC

Now that you have some experience with online learning via CodeAcademy, can MOOCs work?

Sebastian Thrun used to think so– find out what he said when he founded Udacity, and then find out what he said most recently about who will benefit from Moocs 2 citations 2 Paragraphs

After getting some experience with online learning through code academy I am not sure if MOOCs will work because each and every individual is different. Whether leaning in a classroom or online you are still learning if you want to, its how you interpret the information give to you that is important. I have taken a few online classes and I surprisingly liked them, both classes were writing based and involved a lot of reading. I don’t think a lot of people know what MOOCs is I have never heard of it until now so this is interesting to me. I think if people want to learn and have the drive why wouldn’t this be successful. The problem is no one will give away a free diploma even if the classes are free and online some how it has to cost money! Everything is about money especially college and credits. So if there is a way to get a degree online and for free of course it would be successful.

According to Sebastian Thrun who co founded Udacity said “Our mission is to bring accessible, affordable, engaging, and highly effective higher education to the world. We believe that higher education is a basic human right, and we seek to empower our students to advance their education and careers (” So basically he believes in cheaper education in a timely manner. He said that this would be the schooling of the 21st century. However one of the most recent things he said about MOOCs is that “MOOCs are not an effective modality for teaching undergraduate students after all”(thrun). So after supporting this program after so long he now is doubting whether it is effective or not.

Works cited

“Welcome to MOOC List.” MOOC List. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Apr. 2014

“Online Learning Insights.” Online Learning Insights. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2014.

Week 8 Aaron Swartz

What happened to him?

He was caught allegedly downloading thousands of articles from an online database JSTOR, he was going to be prosecuted and faced 35 years in prison. Swartz took his own life at the young age of 26 by hanging himself in his apartment in Brooklyn NY January 11 2013.

What are some of the reasons behind what happened?

I had no knowledge of who Aaron Swartz was or anything he had done in his life until know, I feel that there were a few reasons why he killed himself. The main reason being fear, he was scared to face the uncertainty of what was going to happen to him, someone so young being faced with the possibility of 35 years in prison for doing something he was great at. Considering most journals online are free I do not understand why it was such a big deal but then I do understand but still I am a little confused. Anyways he was physically, mentally and financially drained at this point in his life because of the justice system, they had drawn out this trial which could have happened a lot sooner. According to Swartz girlfriend at that time “The only private thing is your thoughts, and even they don’t feel safe anymore” (Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman). Imagine trying to live a life like that. He put himself in a horrible position and had no idea how to get out.

What does this say about U.S. intellectual Property (IP) Law?

I guess this says that the U.S. is not messing around with people who do not abide by the laws set fourth in the cyber world. This shows that the unites states stands behind and will prosecute to the full extent of the law to protect peoples property and follow this IP law.

Works cited

Franceschi-Bicchierai, Lorenzo. “Mashable.” Mashable. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2014.

Schwartz, John. “Internet Activist, a Creator of RSS, Is Dead at 26, Apparently a Suicide.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 12 Jan. 2013. Web. 26 Mar. 2014. <;.