COnnecting Nugget

Kyle Terry, a software engineer, likes to have his privacy while browsing the web. He states that people deserve to feel free to research whatever they want without having to feel “guilty” or as if they are being watched over the internet. Kyle goes on to explain how the darknet has amassed a bad reputation for proography, drugs and illegal firearms. But this isn’t all that is on the dark web, the bad comes with the good, what’s most important is your anonymity.

Kyle also goes on to say The dark­net was used dur­ing the Arab Spring to orga­nize protests, it’s been used to share infor­ma­tion in China. In Iran, the inter­net is heav­ily cen­sored and mon­i­tored. TOR has been key to keep­ing users anony­mous so that the gov­ern­ment there can’t iden­tify indi­vid­ual tar­gets,” as is documented in this report. This also ties back to Alan Pearce’s points on protected media, journalists and the flow of information via the dark web.

This all ties back into surveillance, and monitoring of the surface web. With people discussing openly the benefits of the dark web and making it pertinent that they are being monitored, having their data and personal information collected over the surface web. I think it’s going to be interesting to see if there is a shift or if the popularity of either of the two web types will undergo any significant change.

Deep Web for Journalists Nugget

“In an age where journalism – like everything else in modern life – is dominated by the Internet, online safety is emerging as a new front. In this new war, repressive regimes now keep a prying eye on what journalists say, write and film. They want to monitor contacts and they want to suppress information. For journalists, this has become a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Journalists are on notice – “everything you say and write will be taken down and used to track you and your contacts down.” This merciless pursuit for control of online communications has considerably raised the stakes in the current safety crisis facing journalists and the media. We are living at a time of unprecedented levels of violence against the Press.”

A very popular use of the deep web and it’s inherent anonymity is for journalists. Media has become more controversial, and risky as time has progressed. I knew that the deep web could be used to bypass internet limitations in a place like North Korea, etc. for insiders to gain information about the real world around them. However, I never really stopped to think about how dangerous that could be. This could quite literally spell death for any individual who has attained information on someone or something with power.

Finalizing My Dream

For my search topic I have chosen to write about the future of the Dark Web (a more shaded area of the internet where people are anonymous) and what it really is and how it may be affected by internet surveillance in the near future. I plan on using multiple articles relating to the current growth of the dark web since 2013, when Snowden’s NSA leak happened, how people have reacted to these events, and possible public responses to these issues or surveillance and monitoring of the general public.

Mapping my Dreamers

Three readings:

  1. As We May think
  2. Augmenting Human Intellect
  3. Man-computer Symbiosis

Five conceptual similarities:

  • The manipulation of information. For both storage and it’s use as a tool: Archives of history, invention, models, and procedures, etc.
  • Focus on the enhancement of human ability through technology: Physical technology- weaponry, Information technology- memex, data storage and accessibility, Social technology- communications.
  • The enhancement of human comprehension. We will require a wealth of information to arrive at solutions for our current crisis’. We will utilize sophisticated methods and “high-powered electronic aids”.
  • Technology and humanity co-exist with one another and will evolve alongside one another: technological complexity and power – human ability and comprehension.
  • For a while man will be asking of technology. We have modeled technology to serve our needs. We will hypothesis, we will ask questions, we will develop the procedures and models.

In Man-computer Symbiosis technology given the status of a individual organism, saying technology is more than just a tool of society. Technology is a tool to free man of menial tasks.

In As We May Think, Vannevar Bush talks about wartime and peacetime developments. Concern is shown towards science and the paths technology seems be following. Vannevar Bush talks about understanding and most importantly and archive or “memex” of data storage for humanity.

In Augmenting Human Intellect, Doug discusses the commutative properties of technology as it would frame his later developments of email, word processing etc and eventually lead to the internet.

They say / I say

“If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability.”

From: “As We May Think”

I appreciate Vannevar Bush’s use of metaphors to emphasize his meaning. This is something I attempt to do quite often when writing. Vannevar Bush’s ideology when discussing how people try to grasp the world is also refreshing. It’s nice to hear that, while important, arithmetic is not the only viable way to gather understanding.

Furthering my Dream

Vice, being a somewhat pop-culture Youtube channel, I feel will expand. They are predominantly an internet news outlet, based off Youtube. However, in the next few decades they may move towards TV. HBO has already signed Vice on for numerous documentaries and news related material in the past, this will only gain them popularity. It’s also fair to say Vice my stick on the internet for the convenience of the viewer, with no selected time period to view their contents.

A view from my discipline would be that Vice offers unbiased views at conflicts, for the most part. There is also real emotion and grip captured by Vice’s reporters and camera crews who literally get in the trenches with these stories. If I were to make a political statement through my art, with the possibility thousands will see it, I would like to be well informed and not appear ignorant. Thus, entities like Vice can help me keep my head above the water when swinging my opinion around.

EDIT:

I suppose for my research question I would like to see how internet news, being more available will affect future global awareness. Most of my generation is composed of skeptics, myself included, this has been partially spurred by our current major news outlets: Fox, CNN, etc. with extreme bias. Maybe if there was a more readily available, visually appealing news channel with moderate stances, or where stories are approached in a completely different way things may change. Perhaps we will have less ignorant masses, perhaps people may be able to comprise their own views without having them advocated by someone else, maybe generations will become less skeptical.

Nugget 5

In Ted Nelson’s book Computer Lib / Dream Machines he stresses that people need a greater understanding of computers, but at the same time says that those who understand computers point those who don’t in the wrong direction. When he says “down with cybercrud” he refers to large computer companies and those who misdirect others on their search for understanding. If this is entirely necessary or a just rallying cry i’m unsure, it doesn’t seem beneficial to keep people from understanding a vital technology.

Blog changes

I stumbled my way through the interface of rampages, eventually changing my background to a charcoal piece I had made for my previous portfolio. The image being of a ram’s skull and what not I thought it would be appropriate. I had change the tones to be something more “loungey” feeling but couldn’t find where to change the text color, oh well. I changed the title to something a bit more stark and dry humored, as I like my humor. My goal I suppose was to make it resemble myself in a minimalist way.