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Abigail Munster

October 17, 2012

Synopsis-
Abigail Munster is being bullied by a local teenager; Nikita Rose. Abigail is worried by the sudden change. Nikita and Abigail used to be best friends until Abigail confessed she was bi-curious. Abigail cannot seem to escape the bullying due to social media. When the abuse gets out of hand, Abigail is forced to breaking point and has a break down.
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Wikileaks

August 30, 2012

Wikileaks was founded by Australian activist and computer programmer, Julian Assange in 2006 (Encyclopedia Britannica Online 2012). The company first developed a small website based in Australia but quickly had the opportunity to move internationally to Sweden due to the robust press-protection laws  (Encyclopedia Britannica Online 2012). Julian Assange’s Wikileaks provided the opportunity for whistle-blowers to  release information without the risk of exposure (Stockwell 2012). Wikileaks creator Julian Assange was charged with several cybercrime charged and pleaded guilty in 1991 but only faced minimal sentencing due to his young age (Encyclopedia Britannica Online 2012).  Its my opinion that although Wikileaks provides its publics with useful information, people need to be weary of Wikileaks due to Julian Assange’s history as a computer hacker. Over the past several years Wikileaks has received several bad news stories ranging from Julian Assange’s arrest to bad company publicity.  So next time you go to Wikileaks website just remember the company and its creators history before fully trusting the website.

Sarah

References-

WikiLeaks 2012. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Retrieved 30 August, 2012, from http://www.britannica.com.libraryproxy.griffith.edu.au/EBchecked/topic/1701592/WikiLeaks

Stockwell S 2012, ‘1501HUM New Communication Technologies Week 6 Lecture: Cyberpolitics and eDemocracy’ Retrieved from Griffith University, School of Humaities, Learning @Griffith website : https://learning.secure.griffith.edu.au/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab=courses&url=/bin/common/course.pl?course_id=_116347_1&frame=top

 

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Political participation via the internet.

August 30, 2012

This week’s task for New Communication Technology requires us to find opportunities we could find on the internet for political participation.  We have to see how many of the following we can complete while sticking to your political beliefs:

* Sign an e-petition.
* Respond to a professional blogger at a major news site.
* What is Barak Obama up to today? Can you send him a message about the importance of freedom on the internet?
* What are the Australian Government’s plans to censor the internet (the so-called “Clean Feed”)?
* What place does censorship have in a democracy?
* When will the NBN get to your place? What are the benefits?
* Find out who your local, state and federal representatives are. Send one a message.
* Look up the Queensland or Australian Hansard to find the last time your local member spoke in parliament.
* Let your local member know what you think about their last speech.

 

-Sign an e-petition

I found this e-potition on the Queensland parliaments website, I decided to do this e-petition as it is saving the koalas.

-What is Barak Obama up to today? Can you send him a message about the importance of freedom on the internet?
I found what Barak Obama was doing on the 28-08-2012 on the White House website under the White House Schedule. What Barak Obama was doing on the 28-08-12 can  be found at :

http://www.whitehouse.gov/schedule/complete/2012-08-28

 -Respond to a professional blogger at a major news site

I decided to post a comment on TMZs blog about Lindsay Lohan being banned from Sunset Strip Hotel.

-What are the Australian Government’s plans to censor the internet (the so-called “Clean Feed”)?
In association to the internet censorship laws in Australia there is a really good website I found on Google. The website gives and overview to the internet censorship laws , the website is: https://www.efa.org.au/Issues/Censor/cens1.html#curr

-What place does censorship have in a democracy?

This question is hard to answer and  I cannot find anything that accurately answers this question.

 

-When will the NBN get to your place? What are the benefits?

The National Broadband Network benefits are put up on the Australian Governments NBN website. I looked at when the NBN would be coming to Mount Gravatt and Mount Gravatt hasn’t actually been suggested for the National Broadband Network yet.

-Find out who your local, state and federal representatives are. Send one a message.

Krista Adams – Councillor for Wishart Ward

Ian Kaye – State Member for Greenslopes

Kevin Rudd – Federal Member for Griffith

I decided to contact Krista Adams through her website and tell her my concerns with the increasing number of people speeding and running red lights.

-Look up the Queensland or Australian Hansard to find the last time your local member spoke in parliament.

I tried to find the last time Krista Adams spoke to parliament but I can’t find anywhere that actually suggests when she spoke in parliament last.

-Let your local member know what you think about their last speech

I actually can’t find anything that shows the last time Kirsta Adams spoke publicly as it is not easily accessible on their website. The local government needs to make the website more accessible.

Sarah

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Survey on Social Media

August 30, 2012

The task for week 5 for New Communication Technologies was to create a survey using survey monkey, while being told to show what our survey results found.  My survey results found that the majority of people do add others on social media sites they haven’t met in person, but actually look at their profile before accepting their friend requests. When the question was asked what social media people use 100% of people that participated in the survey said they had a Facebook account. The survey found that the majority of people use Facebook more than once a day, this shows that people are using social media sites more and more. Other results obtained through the survey found that social media is used more in today’s society for contacting relatives and friends. While also being used to “stalk” or observe what their friends and acquaintances have been doing over a period of time. I think social media is being used as a major form of  communication between people who have not talked for a while or do not live close near each other. While social media sites such as Facebook are being used as more of a hobby its fast becoming about communication with peers and business matters.

Sarah

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Will Facebook ruin your job opportunities?

August 30, 2012

https://i2.wp.com/www.sexysocialmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/funny-facebook.jpgAs we all know our Facebook accounts are out for the world to view them. But have you ever thought that what you post could destroy your job opportunities? New research from the Florida International University proves that your personal Facebook posts could in fact prevent you from being hired by possible employers (US Fed News Service 2012). The Florida International Universities research shows a increasing trend of employers looking at job candidates’ Facebook profiles when deciding who to hire. Other articles show employees being fired, career opportunities being posted on Facebook for job seekers all associated with peoples Facebook accounts but the new research gives insight to employers looking at candidate before hiring someone (US Fed News Service 2012).  So next time you look at your Facebook account make sure its employer friendly otherwise it could affect your job opportunities or even cost you your job. although Facebook has benefits so people know when job opportunities do arise checking the content on your Facebook is appropriate for current and future employers is important.

Sarah

References-

US Fed News Service 2012, ‘Facebook posts could jeopardize your job prospects’ Aug 7, viewed 27 August 2012 via ProQuest

 

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Cybernetics

August 27, 2012

Cybernetics derives from the word kybernetikos meaning good at steering in ancient Greece. French physicist André-Marie Ampère recommended that the nonexistent science controlling the governments be identified as cybernetics, in the early 19th century (Encyclopædia Britannica Online, 2012). Cybernetics was then forgotten until the book Cybernetics was published in 1948 by Norbert Wiener. Cybernetics referenced James Clerk Maxwell, a British physicist who wrote an article noting that the word governor, via Latin, and cybernetics derive from the same Greek word. Norbert Wiener’s Cybernetics represents the birth of cybernetics as an individual science for many (Encyclopædia Britannica Online, 2012). Cybernetics is said to be the science of communication and control in the machine and the animals. W. Ross Ashby suggested in 1957 that the focus of machines in cybernetics was on what the machine does rather than what the machine is (Stephen G, 2004).  The above information gives viewers of my blog an insight to how cybernetics was first invented and also what cybernetics actually is. Cybernetics although about what the machine does is a rather interesting topic that we looked into in New Communication Technologies lecture.https://i2.wp.com/www.nap.edu/books/0309047463/xhtml/images/img00015.jpg

Sarah
References-

cybernetics 2012. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Retrieved 27 August, 2012, from http://www.britannica.com.libraryproxy.griffith.edu.au/EBchecked/topic/147802/cybernetics
Stephen G (ed.)  2004, Encyclopedia of Bioethics:Cybernetics, Vol. 1 ed. 3, Macmillan Reference USA, New York.

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Timeline of Cyberpunk

August 24, 2012

This Cyberpunk timeline  shows some important dates in Cyberpunk history.

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