Sunday, October 29, 2017

Data Article Responses

Article 1:

Applications and services are taking your personal data and selling it to advertisers, sometimes without your consent or knowledge. They do this to remain a free service, but still gain revenue. Apps like Accuweather have taken anonymized data and sold it off to advertisers to stay in business. You cant directly publish ads on the site, or else it won't connect to your users and people will oppose it. When they do it based on personal, anonymous usage data, it is more tailored to the customer. The only problem is that they aren't informing their users that they are doing it, and some claim it violates their privacy.

Article 2:

For just $1,000 you can buy up advertisements and obtain information about the target receiving the ads, which is setting off alarms for people with privacy concerns. If someone devoted enough time and money, using these targeted advertisements they would be able to find out things about you such as when you leave your house, and look at your digital activity. They can track your movements using location based ads as well. They target ads using the targets MAID (Mobile Advertising ID). A criminal can purchase the advertisements that are being made to the targets MAID in a specific area, and send all the advertisements at them to get their location. This has shocked researchers because they were able to find someone's location within 8 meters simply by targeting them with advertisements. More will needed to be done to prevent this from happening.

Article 3:

Sharing your location can be ineffective, drain battery life, and also use up a lot of data, but most importantly of all, your location services can be used to track your location. You can use location services to find food, gas, and many other convenient things nearby. Also, several apps like Google, Instagram, and Facebook all over location services so you can share your current location and find people nearby, and there are many other pros to location sharing. Strangers can potentially see where you are, which is a danger, especially to children with phones who might unknowingly be sharing their location. So, while location sharing has many benefits, you should be mindful of when you share location, because there are serious privacy concerns.


My opinion is that if a company wants any personal data or information, even if it is anonymous data, it should have to let the user be aware that this is happening. The Accuweather that was selling user's data to advertisers should have been more transparent about it, as not everyone would want that to happen to them. I think there should also be a notification to a user if someone else has purchased the advertisements being directed at your MAID, so that you can be sure it is an actual advertiser and not a malicious person attempting to get information on you. I think that location services have their pros such as finding things nearby, but there are a lot of cons to it, mainly privacy wise.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Microchip use

Will Hanlon
Microchip Use In Humans

3 Benefits:

1) You can store your medical information onto it, so if you ever need to get help, then doctors will be able to easily get your crucial medical information like blood type and medical history.

2) It could be used to pay, replacing the need to worry about things like keeping track of all your cash, or losing a credit card, and reduces chance of theft.

3) Microchips would allow for people to easily GPS their location in the event they were kidnapped or got lost in the wilderness.

3 Concerns:

1) People might figure out ways to hack/steal/change the information on your microchip, meaning that you would be a prime target for people with bad intentions.

2) There are privacy concerns, as people are worried that the government would start using these chips to track/eavesdrop on them, and the government would attempt to access your information without your consent

3) There are going to be health concerns, as implanting an electronic device into your body would pose risk of electrocution, and disease.


While I believe that microchips would make many aspects of life more convenient, I don't think I would ever get a microchip implanted just because of the fact that people might be able to remotely steal information, and the amount of spying that could potentially go down with these chips. I do believe that they will become more widespread and advanced in the future, as more and more things we do become digitized, this will only increase in popularity for its many benefits. I predict that it will one day become common to see people with microchips, and more and more things such as payment methods and medical records being done with microchips.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Technology Spotlight

Will Hanlon
Technology Spotlight

An example of a computer that I found in my house is my radio set. By definition a computer is something that accepts input, and processes it in a way that produces a result. The radio looks like a rectangular speaker with an antenna sticking out to get its radio signals, and knobs/buttons to tune to different electronic frequencies, as well as volume control. The radio works using AM (amplitude modulation). For the broadcaster, their audio is heard and picked up through the microphone, which then converts the vibrations from the sound waves into an electric frequency. The radio then transmits the data in a set electronic frequency, called a carrier frequency, in KHz, and amplifies the frequency at the proportion of the sound waves. The receiving radio works the opposite way. The antenna will listen for the set frequency (carrier signal), and when it receives the waves, some waves will be more amplified and others not as much. The amplification is in the same proportion to the broadcasters audio waves. The antenna then takes the amplified waves, and turns them into electric currents. The electric currents travel to the speaker, which then vibrates at the rate of the electric currents, which produces the intended audio through the speaker of whoever received the radio signal. The input is audio, it sends the audio via radio waves, it processes the data with antennas, and produces the output through the speakers.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Pseudo code algorithm

scenario 1d (discarding defective pens from the pile)

1   retrieve piece of paper
2   take a pen from the pile
3   attempt to write on the paper with the selected pen
4   if pen does not write
5      discard pen
6      return to line 2
7   else
8      keep pen