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‘hanging out the dirty linen’ to delve into the ethics of IT’s role in society.

In Information Doesn’t Want to be Free, Doctorow’s Second Law states that “Fame won’t make you rich, but you can’t get paid without it”. Doctorow states that in order to be famous, the person has to be lucky, talented and a drive to succeed. But fame does not equal money as you can spend money […]

In the continuation of Doctorow’s First Law, in Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, Doctorow talks about how the digital lock is only for the benefit of the publisher of the content, not the creator. In the first title, “Understanding General-Purpose Computers”, Doctorow talks about how the general-purpose computer came about in history through the […]

In the continuation of Cory Doctorow’s Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, he explains the concept behind the digital lock through Doctorow’s First Law. In the first title, “Anti-Circumvention Explained”,  he explains that the phrase is a law that is against getting around a digital lock. A digital lock is something that prevents an action […]

In Cory Doctorow’s Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, his knowledge on the topics of copyright, money making and jobs are all summarized in chapter 0. The “Detente” explains the history of copyright and it’s wars from five hundred years ago, between the religious centres of Canterbury and Rome, and the 1930s, between ASCAP and radio […]

In the first part of the novel You Are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier, Lanier targeted on what he calls ‘cybernetic totalism‘, which is the theory of the things like the Singularity, when people upload themselves to the internet. He also presented his concern that the web 2.0 and social networking may be a cause of […]

Hi all, Well after quite a lot of theory finally some practical assignments – where you will learn through doing. Phewww – follow the instructions for your assignment for the next couple of weeks. Part 1 Today we discussed the use of Photo Manipulation and its social and ethical issues in a variety of scenarios. […]

While I suppose a title seems overly melodramatic, it actually does describe the occasion, a carnage. Lets have a look at the post op report in an even more dramatic manner! Dossier: The Mission: To sucessfully defend wiki-leaks in a debate with another school. The Date: 29-11-2010, 1130 hours The Location: Cisco Systems, [REDACTED] The […]

Remix – Update Three

Well, this is my third required blog post (out of three) to review my little book experience. It seems that everybody else is still at post number one, so I’m not sure who’s doing the right thing here… Anyway, I finally completed Remix and now I can report the final conclusion about how a ‘hybrid […]

Remix – Update Two

Having read the first and second (of three) parts, my third post about Remix by Lawrence Lessig can only summarise so much. What I have read is building up to the final part, which will most likely reveal this ‘hybrid economy’ that is being written about. He has given many examples where businesses seem so […]

Remix – Update One

Fats Million is reading Remix by Lawrence Lessig! Thank you, Slowpoke. In my first update with the book I am reading for ITGS, Lessig has already delved into the topic of a ‘hybrid economy’ to combat piracy. As he has written, many people believe that “Either Hollywood will win or The Net will win” the […]

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