The Ethical, Psychological, and Social Implications of Mass Surveillance

In 2013, the whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the British spy agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), tapped fibre-optic cables for access to our personal communications (including emails, Facebook posts, internet histories, and phone calls), and then shared this information with the National Security Agency (NSA), the major spy agency in the US. The Snowden…View Post

Is Social Media Activism Effective?

Social media activism involves using channels such as Twitter and Facebook to promote some sort of positive campaign, whether it relates to equality, human rights, animal rights, environmental protection, or physical and mental health. Such activism often relies on the use of trending hashtags, which has been dubbed hashtag activism. Social media users will include…View Post

Automation Could Mean the End of the McJob

The term ‘McJob’ applies to any job that is low-skilled, low-paying, unstimulating, and has few prospects. We might call these dead-end jobs. Author Douglas Copeland popularised the term McJob in his novel Generation X: Tales of an Accelerated Culture (1991), which conveys the struggles of Gen Xers, those born in the 60s to early 80s.…View Post

Can Constant Digital Connectivity Have a Negative Effect on Your Life?

The way that we communicate has changed drastically over the last twenty years, and with it, so has our pace of life. We have gone from an age where you’d phone and see if someone was at home if we wanted to speak with them. If they were out, the conversation would keep for another…View Post

Online Privacy Doesn’t Really Exist – But You Should Still Take Steps to Protect Your Data

Anyone who uses the internet has a right to know about the many ways in which they are likely watched, tracked and analysed. The truth is that anyone who uses the internet to any degree is likely to be a victim of these activities, and although there are some things you can do to mitigate…View Post