Cloud Computing

  1. Cloud computing exists in two ends. The first is the front end, or the interface. The front end is the component the user sees and uses to share and connect. The second end is the back end, which consists of servers. This is where any data shared is then stored.These two ends are connect through a network, such as the internet, and this allows users the ability to access there information through any device connected to this network.
  2. Cloud computing has become an increasingly necessary alternative to date storage and network interoperability. Through cloud computing, users now have greater accessibility to their information, increased back-up security through cloud computing’s process of redundancy, and lower maintenance costs in relation to hard-drive upgrades. 
  3. Although cloud computing provides many benefits to both consumers and businesses, it also comes with disadvantages. One of these pressing issues is the misconception of what cloud computing is and how it works. 
  4. A common problem that exists in society, is that many people are unfamiliar with what cloud computing is. Therefore, there is a failure to recognize that any information shared online through such things as gmail, facebook, flickr, and so forth, are actually apart of cloud computing. This creates intellectual property concerns that often go by unnoticed, undresses, and conveniently misunderstood. These ip concerns can vary from websites owning material you post (ex.instagram), to invasively monitoring your online surfing (ex.google). 
  5. Overall, the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing are still blurry and there exist many questions regarding it’s functionality. 

  6. One of the questions I continue to ask is, whether everyone entrusting their data to cloud computing is actually safer? With the wave of government agencies and businesses shifting towards cloud computing, I can’t help wondering, what if this system somehow fails, what next? 

Access and the Digital Divide

  1. As discussed last week in class, although society continues to make exceptional technological advancements, there remains signification barriers with accessibility in the digital age. These problems can range from accessibility divisions between the old and young, differently-abled, homeless, and developing vs. developed worlds.

  2. TEDxSanMigueldeAllende – Aleph Molinari – Bridging the Digital Divide
  3. As Aleph Molinari mentions ” We are living in a digital revolution that 70% of the world is not a part of”. The technologically excluded included various types of people, some of which have access to  resources such as the internet, but faces barriers with being able to socially participation online.

  4. These barriers can range from having limited knowledge and access to educational training regarding how to communicate online, to having issues with social exclusions and inaccessibility. A problem experienced by many who are homeless, poor, elderly and or differently abled.
  5. In todays society it has become a presumed assumption the everyone has access to a computer. However, the reality remains that many do not, and the resources available to those who lack accessibility are scarce. Limited knowledge is shared regarding these issues of in-access and often the trials and tribulations faced by many facing the digital divide go unnoticed.
  6. Overall, resources should be spent towards making digital access more readily available, accessible and inclusive to all. I believe that accessibility in the digital age is fundamental, do you share this belief?

Interoperability

  1. Interoperability can be described briefly as the way systems and technology are intertwined in order to opperate. Examples of this interconnection can included the ability to share information between physical devices (ex. computers, phones), or as the ability to share and connect information simultaneously across social networks (ex. twitter, facebook, instagram). A more detailed analysis of interoperability is shown below.
  2. The Networking of Knowledge and Storytelling: David Weinberger for the Future of StoryTelling 2012
  3. As David Weinberger discusses in his video, we now seek knowledge as a series of links. As our culture has become predominantly focused on being entertained and interconnected online, we now seek ways to sync ourselves into these networks. A way of doing so is through the creation of online profiles.
  4. Creating accounts on social networking sites helps us gain full access to the endless web of links, and exchange of knowledge readily available on the internet.  However, with this creation of online identities comes the responsibility of creating your own online brand.
  5. Through social networking, we are often encouraged to share all aspects of our lives. We drunk tweet, instagram inappropriate pictures, tumblr recaps of our days, etc. Overall, knowingly (and sometimes unknowingly) expose ourselves to friends, and strangers online.
  6. Although social networking sites often provide privacy setting for individuals to customize for a sense of security, there still remains loopholes. A current concern exists over the vague line determining whether the information individuals upload and share on these sites, becomes the property of the site, or the source.
  7. We are encourage to share all aspects of our collective self online, however, if these things we do share can be accessible to anyone, why do we continue to share? Is it an issue of a lack of knowledge, or a lack of concern?

    Overall,  the issue comes down to responsible sharing and smart branding. In order to be successful in todays world it is crucial to learn the skills of online networking. However, next time you sell your soul to the internet try to ask yourself, is this going to be harmful or helpful to to my brand?