The eyes are following you…



“It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU the caption beneath it ran…”


The quote above is from George Orwell’s book “1984” where Big Brother watches society and is in charge.

The articles and videos for this week’s EC & I 831 class are about encryption and net neutrality.

Here is a video from John Oliver Tonight about encryption:

In the debate about encryption one side feels like it could become big brother watching all of us, the other side is about security. It is a very slippery slope. Whatever I post on the Internet I assume is open for all to see. I do try to control my privacy settings. My priority is protecting my children. However, I do post their images. As they get older I will have to consider my children’s social media rights more.  I always assume that  law enforcement could access my phone. I actually equate it to the old white pages. Didn’t everyone look up their teachers and friends in the phone book to find out where they lived?

Here is a video from John Oliver Tonight about net neutrality:

In essence the point of the video is that it is important that the internet stays neutral and not become more of a “sponsored” space. In reality, my Facebook feed is already an eerily accurate sponsored space. And I would argue that schools are already biased to some degree as well. There are really only textbooks from a couple of publishers in most schools. When I have to make one accessible on the computer for a student who needs the book read out loud it is not an easy process. After we convert it to audio we need to pull a print version out of the classroom to make up for the audio one.  And if you walk on campus, you will see Coke (or is it Pepsi?)  machines everywhere. That being said, it is important for students of all socioeconomic classes to have equal access to the internet which is why net neutrality is important.


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