Do you know anything about networking? No…(des)?

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The world has changed a lot in the last couple of centuries, technology has come a long way and drastically manipulated society- we now live for technology, for information.

Networking is a vital area of how our systems work, we have centralised, decentralised and distributed systems, each have their advantages and disadvantages. This video helps outline some of them:

Source: Youtube

The oldest networking is: centralised, it is now viewed upon negatively.

Many people view centralised systems as bad because they have a large amount of control attached to them- one ruling body- and the idea of control scares people (1984!)

What they don’t realise is we use centralised systems voluntarily everyday- through social media! Facebook, Twitter etc all have centralised systems (think about their privacy policies and their headquarters people!!! It’s a conspiracy man!) as the information we post all runs through a main computer as it were.

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People are calling for Facebook to make itself a decentralised system, feeling the centralised can “kill us” 

So do you still wanna post that status? Or second guessing the control of organisations and the government?

This 90 second video compares how centralised are sooooo last century

Source: Youtube

2 thoughts on “Do you know anything about networking? No…(des)?

  1. First off, the title of your blog is very clever! It is what got me to read this in the first place – very engaging!!
    You have taken quite a factual approach to the blog, and I like how you have incorporated many links/videos to help explain your writing, I definitely prefer to watch a video to explain something than to read a lengthy academic source!

    The link to Eben Moglen’s article is very interesting also. It brings back into reality that these systems are, in a sense, quite centralised – despite the widely help view that all media today is “decentralised”. This was an interesting connection, and it made me think about the ideas associated with privacy, identity and reputation in the internet age. This form of media can easily lead to the creation of things such as filter bubbles – which can alter our perception of reality, and ultimately lead to radicalised views. Even further, creating a virtual environment that is tailored to our own interests and opinions also appeals to our narcissistic nature – but while we think we are creating this space on our own, it is actually more due to the fact that Facebook’s algorithms are spitting out information that it knows we will like. This article here kind of elaborates on this idea:
    https://qz.com/913114/bill-gates-says-filter-bubbles-are-a-serious-problem-with-news/

    My only suggestion would be to include some more personal experiences in your blog, and maybe give an example of where you have seen instances of the implications of centralised networks in your own life.

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    1. Hi Susie, thanks for your comment! I will try and integrate more personal experiences next time, thanks for the suggestion. I agree videos make some of these concepts much easier to understand. I will check out that link! The whole idea is really interesting and quite confronting when we think about it to much I think. I glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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