Nightmare on Smart Street

Gone are the days of black hackers being limited to stealing your identity and bank details online; with today's technology they can break into your house at night, steal the food from your fridge and murder your children!   The internet of things (IOT) is a vision whereby static objects are connected to the internet. These … Continue reading Nightmare on Smart Street

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hackers

Aside from the Snowdens and Assanges of the world, hacking can be used for darker purposes. Cyberwar is defined by various characteristics, including surveillance, subversion, impersonation and sock puppets (source). Let's imagine the notion of cyberwar outside of the internet space. I'll give you a good guy and a bad guy, Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort. … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hackers

Let’s speak about l33tsp341<

  Leetspeak, or l33tsp431< in it's pure form, refers to an alternative language generally associated with hackers and the internet. The trend began in the 1980's as a cult-like language . It's general purpose was to prevent hackers from being search engine indexed by simple key words. It works through substituting characters from the traditional spelling … Continue reading Let’s speak about l33tsp341<

Potterwatch: How the Dank Lord Defeated the Dark Lord

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a magic radio station called 'Potterwatch' played a pivotal role in the defeat of Lord Voldemort. Hosted by Lee Jordan (that Gryffindor bloke with dreads who commentated Hogwarts quidditch matches), the program allowed users all over the wizarding world to tune in and contribute, to recognise and discuss issues which arose … Continue reading Potterwatch: How the Dank Lord Defeated the Dark Lord

May the Curators be Ever in your Favour

The packaging of information as a commodity is a declining paradigm as we move into a world where value is placed on the abundance of information rather than it's quality. This means that collectively, we would rather receive a 140-word Twitter notification about a piece of breaking news from an unknown source than wait several hours … Continue reading May the Curators be Ever in your Favour

An Apple a Day Keeps Freedom Away

As the digital media revolution advances, a strange battle between control and freedom is surfacing. Historically speaking, Apple has always tended to be at the forefront of technological innovation, yet Android (the mobile operating system owned by Google) is rarely far behind. Despite this, it is maintaining a significantly large market share (over 80% in … Continue reading An Apple a Day Keeps Freedom Away

The Zuckerberg is our Shepherd

Have you ever tried to block Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook? If you're from the student majority of my audience (because, let's face it, outside of UOW no one really reads these blogs - hi Grandad -), you're probably already drowning in mountains of essays, blog posts and memes, and don't have time to waste on a pointless adventure, … Continue reading The Zuckerberg is our Shepherd