Project #54497 - discussion board assignment (social and ethical issues in computer science)

Instructions: reply to the three different posts (Post1, Post 2, and Post 3) by saying if whether or not you agree with the post by discussing it. Also, you should cite in each reply for each post. Also, Please refer to which post you are responding to by writing ex. Reply for Post 1. Also, provide a hyperlink for each source. These reply posts can be short.

 

 

Post 1 : Blane Higa

29. Discuss similarities and differences between the Web and each of these other ways that we communicate: the telephone system, physical mail, bookstores, movie theaters,newspapers, broadcast and cable TV. Should governments ignore the Web, or should they regulate it somehow? If governments should regulate the Web, should the reg-ulations be similar to the regulations for one of the aforementioned communication systems, or should they be unique in significants ways?

I think there are many similarities and differences between the Web and other forms of communication.  The Web is still used for it's primary purpose to get and send information.  I think this is the main difference.  From the article Communication changes with technology, social media it says today email is the number one form of communication.  Email got more popular during the 90's and it is thanks to the Web.  No other form of communication is anywhere near fast or easy as the Web.  The only semi similar form of communication listed is physical mail.  One of the forms of communication not listed was texting which in an interesting article Texting overtakes talking as most popular form of communication in UK and like the title texting in the UK is the number one form of communication.  Personally speaking I think social media such as face book messaging has become equally as popular as email especially among the younger age scene.  

There are a lot of similarities as well.  Basically you can do every form of communication listed and combine them using the Web.  For school we tend to shop or rent in on line sources through the Web especially during college.  There's numerous amounts of websites students use to rent and even sell back books.  We could say the same for shopping as well.  Now days most of my friends tend to partake in cyber Monday compared to black Friday.  When I talk to my friends about buying things now it's not about bookstores or malls but it's find it on the Web.  They're similar in the sense that you have an object to get but the Web can also be one way to achieve that object.  Movie theaters or watching movies has definitely become more watched over the Web.  From the article Piracy by the numbers piracy has cost the US up to 25 million dollars.  The Web is an easy access to achieve the goals of these other forms of communication.

I don't think the government should regulate the Web because fact is it has to be a freedom of use area.  I do wish they would shut down illegal streaming sites and inappropriate websites but I don't think the government would stop at those wishes.  I think the whole Web would be "controlled" and I think people need to have a respective privacy.  Yes I wish certain cites were regulated but not at the expense that privacy becomes an issue.

 

Post 2 by Ashlie Sheldrake  : 5. What is a blog?

In the beginning, blogs began in the 1990's and served mainly as a diary. Primarily, they were displayed in reverse order, with the most recent postings displayed first. Now readers can leave comments and thoughts on one's blog, and they can be positive or negative depending on the commentary. 

Today, blogs are incedibly interactive and they cover various materials. Some bloggers have actually made a profit from reviwing materials. I simply went on to youtube and typed in "as seen on tv reviews" and instantly a video came on reviewing a hair product  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NwdIYNRsBw which has over 94,000 views. Moving forward towards the future it is likely bussinesses will realize the influence these reviewers have and how it can sway their businesses in either a positive or negative light. It also allows the businesses to gain intel on what kind of consumers are interested in their products. 

Blogs just don't have to be pure leisure either. They can actually be beneficial to the police force and the news as well.  http://weblogs.about.com/b/2008/06/04/add-an-amber-alert-ticker-to-your-blog.htm is a site that outlines how to include the amber alert to a bloggers profile. It helps other readers to stay informed on what relevant information is happening around them.

Aside from written blogs and video blogs, photo blogs exist as well.   http://personalweb.about.com/od/hostingforonlinediaries/a/photoblog.htm is a site that shows you where and how to start your own video blog. Generally some of these blogs are free to an extent, most allow a certain number of pictures to be posted (say 100) and then after that you can purchase more space. This is perfect for photographers who are trying to expose their artistic talent to the world, or it might influence tourist destinations as well (relating back to the businesses). 

In general, blogs are a great way for people to interact with one another over shared interests. Blogs vary depending on interests, which is excellent for all the niches that exist in the world. It's also a great function because it allows self-expression (which could also be negative to an extent depending on the material). In western society, the freedom to be individualistic is incredibly important. 

Negatively blogs could be difficult or aversive to the environment if they are disrespectful to one's culture, beliefs, or if they're hazing certain individuals. However, since freedom of speech exists, it would be unethical to infringe on their rights. 

 

Post 3 by David Ignatovich:  What is a URL?

 

According to The Java Tutorials, a URL is “an acronym for Uniform Resource Locator and is a reference (an address) to a resource on the internet.” In other words, every website we visit has a specific address that it is referenced to in order to access specific information. For example, the website name is the initial URL address and then with the help of backslashes, the website can have embedded links which are stored into sub URL’s. As The Java Tutorials article explains, the URL consists of two parts, one being called the protocol identifier, which identifies the type of protocol being used such as the well-known http, and the second part is the resource name, which identifies which website or location to go to such as google.com followed by a backslash for other resources within the site. Of course there is a more in depth process to this which uses specific numbered addresses to send signals and retrieves certain bits of data as it gets propagated throughout the network, but without the basics of the URL we would not be able to use the internet at all.

Another way to look at a URL is like a file cabinet. The main website name would be the actual cabinet, the files inside would be the first accessible links available on the front page of the website and each file would contain other embedded files of information which all can be found using a specific address.

There is also the concept of URL forwarding according to an article called “A few awesome uses for URL forwarding”. In this case, one specific URL can have multiple names which redirect the user to the same location since it is usually easier to remember a short and simple web address other than a long one with all kinds of numbers and symbols. Even purchasing multiple domains such as .com, .net and .org can give you an advantage in order for users to find your website with ease although this option can be quite expensive.

It is interesting how the internet was initially made for military use only, in order for soldiers to communicate between each other, but is now used for so much more like shopping, social media and news. An article titled “The First Website Ever Made” explains the time on August 6, 1991 when the very first website was created having a URL address of http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html which sadly does not exist anymore, but the oldest version recorded in 1992 can be found with a link they provided. The main purpose of this site was used as a guide to show users how to surf the web and create your own websites. It is mind-blowing to think that in just two decades, we were able to manipulate the use of the internet quite a bit and the amount of websites is increasing dramatically starting from just one in 1991 to over a billion in 2014 and still counting according to “Total Number of Websites”.

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