Archive for the ‘Research Project’ Category

Raj’s Concepts Reflection & Research Project

August 6, 2009

Concept 29 the challenge of ‘fast’ data

The adaptation to technology across the globe has meant that there are many perspectives shared with those who have an interest in the idea being discussed. This is important as it makes for interesting conversation and discussion as well as enables the enlightenment of the readers to different perspectives of new ideas. Also there is comfort in sharing thoughts on ideas important to you with those that care or at least know enough about the topic to enable growth or change as needed. Often these discussions are not of a life and death variety but are an escape from daily life but sometimes there are important socially relevant ideas that need to be discussed freely, blogs and other communication tools enable this.

However this enabled communication also means that sometimes information can be distributed incorrectly, this can be an enormous issue when you are talking about millions of people believing something that is false. This issue with incorrect information is exacerbated due to the ability with one click to spread a false rumor online on a web site that isn’t even that individual. Therefore legitimate sites can be displaying false information for hours before it is addressed by the administrators if addressed at all.

In this world of blogs where anyone can express an opinion it’s important to form a filter when you read something, this is why sometimes rumors online are not substantiated on reputable sites till independent confirmations are made. This is still sometimes not enough as due to the speed of transfer and the ability reach millions often without cost, spreading false information can be extremely interesting for those wanting to cause trouble.

Often it’s not deliberate misuse but honest to god mistakes that can be just as destructive, hearing something false and passing it on is one issue. Another is sometimes making false statements believing something has happened that hasn’t yet or will not ever happen. This is often the case with sites like Wikipedia where information is shared and then often used as a point of reference; it has become so prevalent schools have set up rules to specify that their students not use Wikipedia as references.

These are all issues that are a side effect of having the power of fast mass communication at hand. These do hamper the reliability and trustworthiness of the internet and its many subsidiaries for information. However taking all these factors into account it is still the best available method to communicate news and taking a small amount of cynicism when reading personal thoughts or websites based on individual inputs helps to determine the facts or at least to determine what to substantiate.


Anyone with access to any form of social networking
sites let alone a blog can use the internet as a rumor spreading tool. Cashing
in on the publicity of something similar that is a actual fact and trying to get
notoriety for claiming something that is false in order to gain some popularity.
Sites such as Rich Hoovers ‘’ allows the end users to have stories
created which then could result in rumors spreading. This shows the danger of trusting sites without credibility however it isn’t all bad news as some enjoy the extra exposure; those that already feel over exposed however see this as an extra invasion of their privacy.

Celebrity death rumors spread online Accessed July 20th 2009,

A perfect example of a internet blogger making up facts and justifying them with
comments like ‘if you don’t know it happened, how can you be sure it didn’t?’
Exercising freedom of speech is everyone’s right but where do we draw the line
between creating false rumors and trying to endorse them. We need to make sure in a
society that can be manipulated by the media or other forms of communication such
as the Internet blogs, forums and social network sites are monitored and understood for what they are.

Nine False Rumors about Obama Spread by Conservative Blogs, Accessed July 15th 2009


Goodin, D (2009) Pranksters Infiltrate live Macworld feed

Retrieved July 15th 2009

Atlasshrugs200 (2009) CNN tells, Sells more lies about palin Retrived July 15th 2009

Retrieved August 2nd

Reddy, S (2002) Cyber pranksters focus on Bhopal tragedy

Retrieved July 30th 2009

Coca, R (2008) Cyber pranksters aim for SWAT team response

Retrieved July 30th 2009

Connelly, R (2009) The Smoking gun targets Two houston area Interner Pranksters

Retrieved August 6st 2009

Concept 5 the mobility of electronic digital data

The mobility of technology from individual lap tops to now having phones that can distribute email as if you were sitting at your desk has meant that the internet has become mobile as well. This is an exciting time to be alive as the pace of technology is extremely fast and the tools that utilize it are just as innovative. This can be seen with items like blackberry’s and Ipods that are virtual mini computers.

This is extremely useful for personal and business purposes, both of which are important in our daily lives. This however means that the value of the information received can sometimes be lost, often what you receive on email or your phone might lose the benefits of having it on screen to properly to respond to. This is not just what is sent but what it relates to, perhaps another file that has to be opened or some figures you have to look up to help you decide on how to proceed.

Often the use of these tools is related to not being available to work or be at home to receive as an example, personal invitations to look at photos or even to attend a party. This is an issue as you are not to supposed to make decisions based on this information when out, you are supposed to receive it and research whether its possible for you to attend said party by looking at your calendar. As you are on the move you might make a snap decision or worse put it aside to look at later, this can mean the wrong decision is made or reply sent.

This is perhaps able to be catered to once we become more accustomed to mobile thinking, but perhaps the one thing that would still be affected by this mobile use  is that though we might adjust our thinking to be mobile we cannot ascertain all we need from looking at a phone screen. This is true of perhaps looking at pictures or a website online, perhaps you’re asked to buy a painting from a friend who found it at a gallery, you see it your phone and miss the impact and decide against it. It goes on to be a famous painters art work and you lose thousands.

These are all subjective thoughts but important to consider as though our technology moves at the speed of light, changes to our thinking and behavior don’t.

This article shows that even though there is a convenience factor in using mobile
internet, The tasks which we indulge our selves in so readily and easier may not
be as easy as we would like when trying to duplicate the usage through mobile
internet. Research shows that only 59% of performing various tasks was
accomplished where on a standard PC 80% was possible. Also state that the smaller
screen is a major disadvantage compared to the traditional usage on the PC
How Usable is the Mobile Web? Accessed July19th 2009

The move to mobile technology is seen in most countries especially Japan where users have flocked to it. Its easier to control by the government as well as restrictions are easier to place to protect young users. However there are issues with the heavy costs as companies are charging more for this new technology to support alternate less marketable products and innovations.  However is it really that much better when our computer DNA is more suited to larger PC’s? Is it better to use it as its seen as easier to access?
Is mobile Internet really such a good thing? Accessed July17th 2009


Goldman, D (2009) Blackberry Maker sales outlook disappoints

Retrieved July 15th 2009

Spear, Z (2009) RIM shares surge as BlackBerry sales hit record 7.8 million

Retrieved July 17th 2009

Hamblen, M (2009) Smartphone sales rise in Q1; RIM, Apple see biggest gains

Retrieved July 30th 2009

Chernicoff, D (2009) Windows Smartphone : A Smart Idea?

Retrieved July 18th 2009

Emigh, E (2008) CES Countdown: Will the smartphone become the ‘new PC?’

Retrieved July 19th 2009

Wingfield, N (2009) Time to Leave the Laptop Behind

Retrieved July 20th 2009

Temporale, M (2004) Can a Smartphone Work for you (one Device or Two)?

Retrieved July 20th (2009)

Cover Stories (2009) Smartphone only – how well does it travel

retrieved July 30th 2009

Concept 8 the invisibility of difference

The invisibility of the internet has meant that people are more opinionated and feel that they have the freedom to disagree as how will they be traced? This is perhaps the greatest and the worst thing about the freedom of expression on the World Wide Web. This Is because though its wonderful to have the ability speak without fear and heard without prejudice, it means that many feel able to act inappropriately towards others knowing there wont be any repercussions.

This is slowly starting to change with the governments starting to make laws that reflect the changing methods of speech and communication, however its still a long way away from being totally free of misuse and hate. The biggest issue is with young people who haven’t yet formed the confidence to take abuse that their adult counterparts have become more adept at screening out, in most cases.

This is an enormous issue as now suicides have been related back to communications online at reputable social networking sites, this places enormous pressure on the sites and legislators to curb free speech to a certain extent. This comes back to cyber bullying but its not just about calling someone names online or making them feel inferior its about threatening their safety, this is an issue exacerbated by the comfort these bullies feel in working from behind their screens instead of face to face.

This is perhaps similar to prank calling from telephones prior to caller id’s or even sending threatening letters anonymously. Online bullying is no different except there’s even less likelihood of getting caught and less physical effort needed.

These are important issues to solve but one cannot miss the impact on free speech from people feeling comfortable in airing their views, similar to taking a survey. This is  when people express their opinion or give feedback with the promise of anonymity. The internet is one big anonymous survey, you can feel how you want act how you please and say what you mean without fear of reprisal. This is a great tool for understanding public opinion away from the mass medias perspective on reality. Often you just have to read comments made on an online article written about how the south of America feels about a candidate to see what the south of America really thinks about that candidate.

This is also helped by the fact that no one can see what you look like, unless you chose to send a photo or video message of course. This means that when you speak you are heard for what you are saying not what you look like or who you sound like. Everyone looks at your words for what they are, which is incredible in this world of multicultural issues where people of different cultures and religions can’t hear the other due to existing prejudices.


After a teenager in the US had killed herself after being bullied online by a fake boyfriend the mother down the street who had been a proven accomplice has been charged with bullying her young neighbor. This is an example of how laws have changed to deal with new technologies and their social impacts. This is still not a settled matter as a judge still has to make final determinations but it’s a good example of a changing society

Megans Law, Accessed July14th 2009

Protection of the freedom of speech online has been upheld yet again by the Supreme Court showing how its seen as important to protect the rights of those online to speak freely from fear of persecution for expressing their constitutionally protected opinions. This was a victory upheld by the highest court for writers, artists and health educators who wished to protect their rights online.

Supreme Court Refuses To Revive Online Censorship Law, Accessed July10th 2009


Santa Maria Times (2009) Guidelines on expressing opinions

Retrieved July 19th 2009

Daily American (2009) Rules

Retrieved July 30th 2009

Caribexams Rules for posting

Retrieved July 30th 2009

No Discrimination Kongregate (online game)

Retrieved July 18th 2009


Retrieved July 30th 2009

Save the Internet

Retrieved July 31st 2009

Economides, N  Net Neutrality

Retrieved July 30th 2009

Concept 12 communication and Information are related

Communication is about speaking to each other whether it be one to one many to one or many to many. This is where ease of communication turns into an issue as information sent or received can be out of context as its not being communicated directly but is being passed on. This is true of emails being passed on and perhaps taken out of context of even notes from a meeting were taken perhaps even subconsciously with the intention to support the writers idea.

This is why when communication used to send or receive information must be within context or displayed in a way to allow for interpretation. This is of course easy in a fair interaction where all parties wish to maintain a relationship and a level of trust. However when you are talking about websites or blogs its each to their own as often links are embedded in websites used to support an idea from the blogger or website host which is completely different to that of the original writer.

An example of this is when perhaps a celebrity has a baby the original site can be to show the baby off and to exclaim over its beauty. This information might then be linked into a site that talks about children being exploited by their parents. You can see how someone reading the second blog might misconstrue the idea of that picture being used to share the joy of a birth of a child. This is a basic scenario but can be used to illustrate how information can be communicated incorrectly.

Another issue with communication and information not being aligned is when someone misses an important point or figure in a presentation and forms an opinion they spread. This is an issue when others rely on this summary to make their own decisions. This is an example of how information is communicated incorrectly today and even when technology wasn’t at the level it is at now, but as it is so prevalent people are reliant on others information more as its easier to spread and use. Therefore information is communicated that is incorrect deliberately or otherwise making it’s use inadequate in understand the complete picture.

Therefore when communicating with technology its important to have rules and standards to ensure proper knowledge is being transferred and that the correct facts are being understood by all.


The protection on consumer information is very important in sample cases like when employees revolt as just one example. It’s important to have policies in place to protect importance information. On top of this audits need to be performed and any breaches addressed, this is in order to ensure safe procedures are being followed so information isn’t misused or miscommunicated for any reason.

State Laws Require Secure Personal Data, Retrieved July 15th 2009

Technology has been a forefront of corporate changes and the addition of new technology has compromised information. This use of technology like e-mail has meant that there is a greater thre4at to information security as sensitive information is sent via email that isn’t always as secure as possible. Encryption etc aren’t always used and this endangers the company’s position. This is important to understand the use of technology for transferring business information.

Data complacency, Accessed July15th 2009


Ryness, G (2006) Online Journalism Review Readers

Retrieved July 19th 2009

Wikipedia (2009) Online Journalism

Retrieved July 27th 2009

McAdams, M Online Journalism

Retrieved July 14th 2009

Mccoles, M Should Murdoch win any lawsuit against Google?

Retrieved August 6th 2009

The Inquirer (2009) Why National Internet Filters are pointless,opinion-why-national-internet-filters-are-pointless.aspx

Retrieved August 1st 2009

China Digital Times, China News tagged with Internet Control

Retrieved July 30th 2009