Writing and Research

I like to discuss innovation and social issues, and I like to know what I’m talking about when I do. That’s why research and writing became meaningful outlets for me. Below, I discuss some of my work and include snippets from papers.

With rising popularity of big data and e-commerce, the growth and advancement of cyber security has become paramount to many industries. I wondered about the origins of cyber threats and organized hacking. My research led me to popular hacker groups LulzSec and Anonymous. I concluded that

Cyberspace is a whole new world that’s rapidly expanding and developing. It offers great opportunities for the betterment of society, as well as means to conduct evil intervention. In 2011, FBI Deputy Steve Chabinsky made this statement about Internet security: The Internet has become so important to so many people that we have to ensure that the World Wide Web does not become the Wild Wild West. In response to Chabinsky, LulzSec and Anonymous asked, “when was the Internet not the Wild Wild West? Do you really believe you were in control of it at any point?” And now another debate ensues. Is Internet access a right that should be protected by our government, or are cyber theft and security breaches possible consequences that come with using the Web?
Naturally, I found myself pondering the last question and joining the debate about (read: in favor of) net neutrality. The Internet is much like reality in that, for great opportunities and rewards, we must take great risks.
Net neutrality involves government intervention in the boundless entity we call the Internet, which is a place that should be free of restrictions on how it is used. It is a realm of discovery, offering a fountain of information and education for people all over the world.

How do these intersecting dimensions affect each other, real world existence and the cyber domain? It seems obvious how society affects the Internet–we created the World Wide Web as an extension of our existing reality. But how has its returning echoes shaped our original reality? More specifically, what is the impact of social media on society?

Not only has [social media] influenced power for the people, news and journalism, and political campaigning, but has also impacted numerous other social qualities. Retailers are able to reach more potential consumers than ever before via Internet advertising… In addition to the economical viewpoints, there are psychological factors associated. Social networking sites provide young (and old) bullies another platform useful for harassing their peers… Social networking sites makes it extremely easy for users to compare themselves to others, in terms of who has more friends, more likes on their pictures, more retweets, among other aspects. As kids and adults alike become more involved in social networking, they are on Facebook or Twitter multiple times a day, which creates more opportunities for increasing feelings of insecurity by making these comparisons.
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