The Internet of Things. In concept, It is something that is interconnected to you, what you are, your interests, what you look at on your internet-enabled devices. These devices enable and assess the relationship to you and your other devices, transgressing the borders assigned to them.
Devices such as Google Home, and heck, pretty much all Google devices are like this. Once you are signed up to the Google ecosystem, Google’s AI system learns everything, and i mean literally everything about you. Your personal information, your photos, your contacts, location, metadata. The list literally goes on pages and pages.
Going back to the Open Source Alliance vs iOS – It is clear that either way you sway with your device choice, both offer an ecosystem that allows you to be able to sync everything in their applications. They have you, pretty much, in a walled garden.
But honestly it isn’t so bad. This is the future we seem to be heading to. In my experience the Google AI as been helpful for me. From Google Assistant on my phone to tracking down where I was today 7 years ago just from the metadata of one of my photos I decided to back up on the account’s cloud.
Sure, Hacking sounds like some serious nerd shit. But it was totally good for us. But other kinds of hacks like ‘Cyberwarfare’ and botnets are extremely serious with international complications. The cat fight of what seems like a battle for our privacy never ends. Information ‘leaks’ and It goes to show that not everything we put on the internet is protected 100%.
Not only our privacy is in jeopardy, but how we consume information. As we are faced with social media being the majority of our primary source of information and communication platforms, agencies are actually able to create a fake group of people to change the attention economies. Essentially changing the public discourse on issues. We need to think about everything we consume on the internet, whether it has been changed in a way we can’t see other aspects of it and even other world news that we aren’t seeing because of our direct consumption of local/national news. Take for example the recent bombings in Mogadishu killing 267 people. I bet you didn’t know about that but you knew about actresses being sexually harassed and assaulted in the US entertainment industry.
Hacker culture was seen as so nerdy years ago, considering how stupid looking l33t sp34k was and how that goes by today. It also seemed like a bad thing to get into considering how Julian Assange is framed in movies, on the media and how governments like the US had been treating him and threatening him.
However, of course now that I have been educated on the matters, freedom and security is fundamental to keep the Internet being the Internet. We have a lot to thank these greasy nerds (sorry for stereotypes) for keeping what the Internet is really intended for; a neutral and global communication network state. Beyond hardware and software hacking, it wasn’t all for fun but for testing abilities and limitations. This in return made our phones, social networks and hardware safer for everyday users.
Despite the Journalism space of social media, the mishaps and the misrepresented details of events, there are incidents where social media has been exceptionally helpful especially in a political sphere. Because of the quick word, networks and participation, the internet as a political space is a great way to start mass involvement and faster movements in comparison to legacy communication.The power of connectivity of the internet is that the immediacy is legitimate.
In revolutions like MENA, Arabspring, government corruption in Tunisia that lead to protests to them the President stepping down – are all results from social media’s help.
Recently, the Spanish government cracked down on illegal voting by the Catalonian people wanting independence which lead to unprovoked violence by their police. It was extensively covered by Julian Assange and Wikileaks with most traffic occurring via Twitter. Proof that the modern age public space is social media. Not a coffee shop anymore. Especially considering surveillance.
Living in a world where information is instant is a massive contrast to what our past is used to. What we are seeing today is the progression and real-time movement, evidence and following of events. Like as of recently, the LA shooting at a country music festival. Plenty of Americans were live tweeting, video recording and reporting to the online world. This breaks the gap that journalists should be doing. Or are we all journalists now…?
The problem with what journalism has transformed to is all the information is dispensable because of its questionable validation. Because It doesn’t come from a “real journalist”. However, if mob mentality taught us anything is that when a lot of people are involved, it’s valid and real and happening.
There have been mishaps in the past in exactly in the same event where people reported different gun shots from another angle or misrepresentation of authorities on the ground.
Bridge of pebbles is correct. As we experience more tragedies like this we will continue to see news forming and progressing online and the bridge between Journalists and victims are still a bumpy travel. But when information about it is scarce and legacy doesn’t have the answer we turn to the internet which have instantaneous information available.
What is clearly going on in the iOS vs Android mobile world was a fight for attention and leadership. While Google had It’s (currently amazing) open source linux based Android OS, It never had an easy, simple to use GUI, marketing nor big company backing like iOS had. The reason why iOS did so well was the focus on users. Quite the step forward as Apple focused on feature filled desktop OS with simplicity and minimalism. iOS translates this but It is still controlled.
This is where Android comes on top because It is packed full of whatever phone manufacturer has included due to the open source nature of Android. It wasn’t until around 2012 where Android had stepped up the game in easy-to-use orientated UI. With improvements to software and faster hardware It was an easy choice to convert an iOS user to Android.
The main issue with this all is where we are able to download applications to connect to social medias and other networks. Where Google has the Play Store, this trumps over the App Store on iOS because anyone is able to upload their own app they have built. This is the nature of open source. In comparison, iOS app store goes through many security paths and needs to be translated for an iOS device.
Currently, there is a massive blur between Android and iOS as they are becoming more alike. Android is facing more of a simple GUI, marketing strategies (see Google Pixel) and exclusivity. But this doesn’t deter from the open and closed system that we have between the two devices. Some people think the choice is now a personal one that aligns with our ‘computer competency’ levels.
We are currently swimming in a pool of controlled information. It’s a small pool, K-mart kiddy pool size. That’s if you’re an iPhone user too. The way that we give our attention to a particular entity is also decided on what we purchace… or maybe that goes back and forth.
Anyhow, they use our information and we use theirs. This is also a great way to control what we see, what we can do on their tools and it all comes back to who we are and what we know. Our Social content and appearance plays a significant role in our lives and our online presence is creeping up to us full circle. We (kind of, internet(ly?)) subconsciously do this. We control what we like, what we want to see, what we talk about, what we view (Cookies). And we give this permission to what device and media we use. I’m talking about some loose control over the internet on what you can see and download and that to me is an interesting concept. The networks are trying to win you over at the same time, but also at the same time we are controlling them because what we want to see is/isn’t on the respected social media.
Some social medias even block certain type of content, like how Facebook has a report and guideline rules and set outlines on what is appropriate to post – which has gotten out of hand in the past. See the ‘ ZUCCED ‘meme