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{March 13, 2012}   Project Promotion

Mobile devices are beginning to replace the bulky desktop computer as user’s primary internet accessing device, but with this convenience the protection of personal information has come under attack. As we move into an age of on-the-go buying and web surfing on our mobile devices, the online privacy policies that police advertising tactics are being amended and refashioned as fast as possible. I will summarize some of the major policy developments starting from the onset of the Privacy Act of 1974 on to today with the Mobile Device  Privacy Act.

Even with policy reformation there are major gaps in personal protection from advertising data collection agencies and the distribution of that information, but if you stay on top of your privacy settings and customization you may be better off than most. But is thoughtful tweaking to privacy settings enough? New technologies are being created that can’t function without your personal information to support it. So now what can you do? Do we simply wait for the government to create policies full-proof enough to seal the cracks that are leaking personal data? Read my paper – Power To The Privacy – to find out what’s happening and what the American people expect to happen.


When knowledge is thought of as a social commons, what is left as incentive for innovators?
What degree of exclusivity is necessary to sustain a capitalist democracy?
What industries would be suitable for exclusive member usage?
How reliant are common goods in the digital world on user conformity to the rules and regs?
What rules and regulations are in place now?
What will happen to traditional classroom teaching and/or cost of tuition if a majority of classes offered become online?

To me it means that you operate under your own code of ethics. This could be troublesome since that’s about as subjective as you can get, but I believe that most people, given the choice, will try to refrain from slanderous, obscene, or disparaging remarks that aren’t so much news as they are damaging gossip. Read the rest of this entry »

{February 22, 2012}   In Class Photo Post – Charlie

Charlie Brown, you’ve stolen my heart.

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{February 19, 2012}   Annotated Bibliography – Privacy

My research material has been collected and a rough draft is in the making. My outline wasn’t much of an outline since I keep finding interesting bits of relevant information daily. I’m still trying to focus on mobile devices but there’s so much general privacy information and so little pertaining solely to mobile devices that it takes some time to siphon through the research info without being tempted to keep reading. I’m on track to complete my paper in time. My problem is I need a finer siphon. I have more sources than these six but their relevance may not work towards narrowing my paper’s topic at hand. Read the rest of this entry »

{February 19, 2012}   Typography – Process In Itself

1. Helvetica rules the roost of the physical and technological world. Besides that, I counted 7 or 8. I think there are, at least. Read the rest of this entry »

{February 13, 2012}   Response To Peer’s Projects

I’m a little jealous now. Read the rest of this entry »

{February 12, 2012}   You Poor Poor Horse – Google

I have sort of a soft spot for Google. It has been there for me in many a tight spot. From leisure to studies I have only praise. It got me from point A to point B, but what about my personal information that has been stored, swapped and tallied? Well, as I’m developing my opinion, while doing research for my project on privacy, I can’t help but say that it’s your information and it’s up to you to control it. Easier said than done, I know. Read the rest of this entry »

{February 8, 2012}   Twitter In-Class Reflection

Twitter is a mashed up mess of comments that I neither care to try to search through or add to. I bet there’s some great ideas in-between the repeats and regurgitation of the same ideas, but it’s so overly saturated with comments that I can find easier ways to find reliable information.

It I had time to twit my day away It might grow on me. I’m not the type of person to meander through 90 percent of concise opinions because that’s all it is, opinions. If I wanted to twiddle through non-stop rants and somehow add to my arsenal of knowledge, I don’t think I’d be a better person for it.

It may be a springboard for authentic, innovative ideas, but how much time would be wasted hunting down that kernel of motivation when there’s options outside of everyday observations from people just like you and I.

As a creative writer I take great offense in limiting the amount of post-able content to blurbs of sensationalized headlines and abstracts. Less can be more, but imagine giving a painter a 2inchx2inch canvas to change the art world.

Thesis – This paper is concerned with the privacy policies currently in place for mobile device users in the U.S., what legal changes are taking place, and what other countries are doing in the face of the ongoing tension between privacy and user convenience. Read the rest of this entry »

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