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Computer Monitoring and Civil Liberties

This is the topic that our group chose for the 2nd assignment of Joe’s lectures. We decided to focus on four aspects of this topic: online computer monitoring(Stephen Moylan), monitoring in the work place(Pauline Vereker),  CCTV monitoring(Paul Campbell ) and finally Location tracking: GPS and mobile phones(Daisy Wang). We did a lot of research work in each area before we came to a final presentation. Besides, our group also made four short videos based on four aspects to support the discussion between the different philosophizers regarding with each scenario.

For my part, first I introduced the background of GPS and mobile phone tracking. Second, I discussed the current scenarios where tracking technology is used, including the law enforcement agents, goods/courier monitoring and family/Society care. Then came to a case study UNITED STATES v. JONES, which we may came to a conclusion that GPS tracking did help the police gain much more information and evidence; however, whether the government has the right to install the tracking device on individuals without a warrant is really a law issues. Following this I talked about a future project that may happen in the future China,  the government plans to use mobile technology for surveillance on its residents, which also sparked controversy concerning human rights. Finally I presented the short video “Dude, where is my lighter” to support the possible scenario for my aspect.

Looking back on this assiganment, I have a feeling that sometimes  it is true that we have to give up some rights in order to receive others. A tradeoff between securing safety and trespassing on other individuals is always there.

Actually, this is really a cheerful and enjoyable teamwork. Not only did we gain a deepen understanding of the topic and more research experience, but also a lot of fun while shooting our own short movies. Thank you very much for all the group members, I really enjoyed a lot. ^^

Here is the link that you can view the prezi for our final presentation:

And here are our posters for our short videos: 

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Book Review- Hacking:Digital Media and Technological Determinism

This book Hacking is part of Polity Press’s “Digital Media and Society Series”. Reasons for why I choose this book are very simple: it is not too long and most topics discussed in this book are what I am always interested in and which I believe can help me look into and understand the possibilities, sensibilities and ethic issues of twenty-first-century societies and cultures. Actually this book is kind of academic, and contains some part of technology things. However, when I finished the reading, I found it is still a good primer on all-things-hacky, which provides many meaningful and objective information and views for people who are into the hacking society to better understand the real culture of the hacking. Moreover this book contains a lot but tight arguments to give readers more ideas.

The whole book contains 6 chapters: The Hack, Cracking: Black Hats on the Internet, Free Software and Open Source: Collaboration, Objects and Property, Hacking the Social: Hacktivism, Cyberwar, Cyberterror, Cybercrime, Hacking the Non-Hack:CreativeCommons, Hackers who don’t Programme, Programming Proletariat, Hacking Sub-Cultures and Nerds and Geeks, The meaning of Hack.

In my opinion, Hacking is a good and useful guide, not only functions well on introducing the definitions and explanations of all-things-hacky, but also contains rich resources and views to help widen our visions and understandings. However, it is still a little dry to read, containing many academic arguments and cases. But for anyone who is very interested in the social dynamics of hacking or social movements I recommend you to have a look.

Here is the link that you can view the book online:

And you also download the full version of my book review from here: 11012978BookReviewHacking


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