Government Surveillance

(2) Yes we scan From the second point of West’s essay (2013), we know that there is a program called PRISM. And the government can collect massive amount of data with the help of internet companies. Richards (2013) points out that “surveillance society” exists in modern America in the first part of his article and…

Crowdsourcing: the NASA case

The crowdsourcing case I introduce here is called Robotic Mining Competition (RMC) launched by NASA. The project was set up for college students to design and build a mining robot that can do mission on Martian surface. Since its inception, the project has received more than 400 robots from more than 3000 students across the…

Mobile Internet and People’s Behavior

The article by Wijetunga shows although theoretically it is believed that penetration of affordable mobile phones would solve the digital divide problem, the design of the mobile phones does not help narrow the gap that existing between the privileged elites and unprivileged ones in Sri Lanka (Wijetunga, 2014). The conclusion is based on group discussions…

Digital Outlaws: “the cathedral and the bazaar” and “the commons”

Söderberg brings up the claim made by Eric Raymond about two opposed styles of development of free software (open resource): the cathedral and the bazaar (2016). The Cathedral style is the conventional and closed development style. It is based on a central plan and has strict and specified rules. The way the software project work…

Foreign Policy and the Internet

The editorial article China’s Great Firewall: Fortune at the expense of freedom? published in 2015 fairly concludes the status quo of the internet development under harsh government surveillance, which exceeds expectation of some American critics. And Amnesty International fears that the mode of China will be explored to other places like Russia and Egypt, and Facebook…

Viral Online Media: How a Weird Song Goes Viral

The musical video named PPAP (Pen Pineapple Apple Pen) was first published on August 25th, 2016 by a Japanese singer PIKO-TARO and has been watched by 35,682,494 times with more than 22 thousand comments on Youtube  right now.  Its affected range reaches far beyond Youtube.  I knew this song a week ago when passing time on Weibo and noticed…

Algorithms: How Do Algorithms Affect Our Lives

If I had to explain algorithms to a young child, I would say that it is a magic process that calculates what you are thinking and provides the information you want before you even say it. When you use the internet, it makes notes of what you have done through it, everything, and gets to…

Privacy and Self-Disclosure on Wechat

  Like most other Chinese today, I enter my Wechat account more than ten times to check my daily contact information a day on my cellphone and I heavily rely on the app for social interaction, but I have never read its privacy policy carefully, even it records my life in detail. (a typical Wechat…

Twitter: My Experience in This Interesting and Confusing World

This week I conducted an interesting assignment on Twitter. I add 10 new people to my twitter account @lorrain_yi and create a list of Nature and History. As an initiatory user of twitter, I opened my account around two months ago with merely 19 followers and I still find a lot of area waiting for…