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

Before streaming media, people would own DVDs and CDs and this is how you would watch movies or listen to music. You owned your DVDs and you could watch them and lend them to anyone whenever you wished, just as long as you didn’t copy them or do anything illegal with them. But CDs and […]

So what does this all mean?

Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, by Cory Doctorow can be summarised by his three laws: Doctorow’s First Law: “Any time someone puts a lock on something that belongs to you and won’t give you the key, that lock isn’t there for your benefit”. Doctorow’s Second Law: “Fame won’t make you rich, but you can’t […]

In the continuation of Cory Doctorow’s book Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, I continue on about Doctorow’s Second Rule, “Fame won’t make you rich, but you can’t get paid without it”. This might be contradictory to the title but in essence, it means that being famous doesn’t always come with money but with a […]

I came across a very interesting video looking at the inner-workings of a cottage internet podcast studio called TWiT that avoided the mainstream television approach, finding the Internet audience a more profitable business model. I thought this would be appropriate for ITGS in the way that it relates to one of the many benefits of […]

The UK Government’s Plan to disconnect filesharers from the internet has been met with deserved criticism. This plan directly interferes with the ITGS Social & Ethical Issue of Privacy & Anonymity; as it will force ISPs to report illegal activity and ultimately disconnect users; but in a more realistic sense deals with Intellectual Property. The […]

Sixth Sense Technology

In February, Pattie Maes demonstrated some new technology at the latest Technology,Education, and Design conference. Pattie talked about the idea of having a sixth sense and what it would be like. Her idea of a sixth sense is being provided with information or data seamlessly. In an example of this, Pattie and her student made […]

Image via Wikipedia Yes you have had your time to improve your first portfolio – and I hope you have taken that chance. As it is on to your second portfolio assignment, with the initial research taking place over the next few weeks – GULP! First of all you will need to go back to […]

In the Daily Telegraph article “The Couple Divorcing Over Husband’s Virtual Lover”, we follow Amy Pollard’s outrage over her husband committing “Adultery” in the virtual world simulator Second Life. Her husband first had a virtual affair with an online call girl. Amy eventually hired a private detective to confirm these facts, which were confirmed to […]

If you watched today’s Webb Alert you’d come across the small news feed headlined “Wario Youtube Viral-o” Well, I looked into this and it’s actually an impressive new idea for advertising – in this case showing off the new Wario Land: Shake It for the Nintendo Wii console. Associating with ITGS I decided that the […]

The following is an article I found in The Guardian newspaper. Is Garageband top of the Pops? The basic idea in it is that due to the technology that has been developed by Mac , Garageband, any up and coming band can create a CD and publish their music. Social and Ethical Issues: Equality of […]

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