Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz was arrested for breaking and entering charges on January 6th, 2011 for hacking into M.I.T.’s computer networks to download journal articles from JSTOR. He was then charged for two counts of wire fraud and 11 violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The consequences for these charges were a maximum of $1 million in fines and 35 years in prison. Then on January 11th, 2013 one of Aaron Swartz’s friend had discovered that Aaron had hung himself. He believed that that this information should be free public access, which is the reason for him breaking into M.I.T.’s computer networks. The only law that he broke was the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Many people believe that this law viciously attacked Aaron Swartz and that the law was too strict. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act bans unauthorized access of computers and many people believe that the law was too vague and fuzzy. Including a former Justice Department Attorney. This law can potentially put people in jail for many years even if the person has done no harm. Many people believe that the law is too strict and that it needs to be revised. Aaron Swartz was abused and attacked by the government and didn’t deserved to be harassed by the government like that.

 

Swartz, J. (2013, January). Aaron Swartz, Internet Activist, Dies at 26 – NYTimes.com. Retrieved March 27, 2014, from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/technology/aaron-swartz-internet-activist-dies-at-26.html

 

Aaron Swartz’s Brilliant Life and Tragic Death | Culture News | Rolling Stone. (n.d.). Retrieved March 27, 2014, from http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/the-brilliant-life-and-tragic-death-of-aaron-swartz-20130215

 

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Python Section 3 and 4

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Privacy

I believe my birthday, age, where I live and my life should all be considered private information when it comes to strangers or people I don’t know. I believe that if I don’t know these people then I do not want to disclose any of that information. If I knew you or were friends with you then I wouldn’t mind letting you see my birthday or age or stuff about my private life. Yes a lot of this information is open for anyone to see on social media websites like Facebook but I believe that it should kept hidden if strangers are looking at your profile and should only reveal this information if they are friends on Facebook.

            I believe there is a problem with corporations and governments spying on you. I understand a lot of information is disclosed on social media websites but I believe that your private life should stay private and that companies should not spy on you through social media websites. They should not try to use Facebook or Twitter to spy on you that’s not right or ethical. Social media websites are used to express yourself, emotions and thoughts. I wouldn’t want my company looking at my emotions, thoughts, and private life. A lot of people use twitter now a day like a diary in a sense and I wouldn’t want my company to read my diary. People only want to express their thoughts and feelings to their friends and followers. I believe that companies should not invade your privacy by spying on your social media website because its unethical and wrong. 

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Twitter vs Instagram

There are pros and cons to both twitter and instagram when it comes to world news but I believe that twitter is the better social media site when it comes to world news. The pros of twitter are it allows news to spread very rapidly. I find out a lot of things from twitter not just what my friends are doing but also significant events going around the world. When a significant event happens in the world everyone on twitter begins to talk about it and news spreads rapidly because you are able to retweet other people’s tweets. Retweeting allows you to share other people’s information and thoughts that they write on twitter. Instead of rewording their tweet you can retweet it and it allows you to share their tweet to all your followers. Also twitter allows to you see what is trending on twitter. What’s trending is usually what’s the most talked about on twitter or important events happening. That’s another way you can get world news on twitter. The cons of twitter are that you can only have 140 characters in each tweet so it’s difficult to write out everything you want in a tweet. So sometimes if you try to spread news through twitter one must condense a lot of the information to fit in the tweet.

            The pros of instagram are that when you post pictures it allows you to write as much as you want underneath the picture. There are no character limits like twitter has. So essentially if you want to post a powerful picture such as the kid throwing the Molotov cocktail you can write a description underneath the picture and write as much as you want unlike twitter. Another pro of instagram is that it is a picture based social media website and a picture is worth a thousand words. So a powerful picture can create a huge impact on people. The downfall of instagram is that rarely are there ever pictures concerning world news or any news in general. Not many people use instagram for world news its more a social media website for people sharing pictures among friends. Also even though you can write as much as you want underneath a picture in instagram not many people read the words underneath the pictures. A lot of people just look at the pictures and disregard the words. So even if you had a powerful message about the kid with the Molotov cocktail it would be ignored because many people don’t read what is under the pictures in instagram.

            Overall I believe twitter is more efficient in spreading and learning about world news than instagram. News on twitter spreads very quickly like wild fire. On twitter people not only learn about updates about their friends you can find out about sporting events, politics, local and world news. Twitter is a diverse social media website in which it allows people to learn all different types of news. It really promotes important things happening around the world with the what’s trending portion of twitter. The what’s trending allows people to see what other people think about a certain topic and it allows people to learn more about a certain event or news around the world. That’s why I believe twitter is the website for world news. 

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Major Uprisings

            There are currently protests in Ukraine over President Yanukovych’s government rejected the agreement that they were offered by the European Union. Ukrainian citizens are outraged because the president only did this so they could remain close partners with Russia and to keep Russia happy. A significant number of people in Ukraine don’t care about keeping Russia happy they were hoping for higher standards of living and better trades with the western world. This could only happen if the Ukrainian government agreed to deal put out by the European Union. The government completely ignored public opinion, which is the major reason why there is an uprising going on in Ukraine.

            The Arab Spring in 2011 inspired and gave Syrian protesters hope so they began to take the streets and protested against Assad’s regime. Syrians were unhappy with the political representation and were hoping for a democratic reform. The government was not happy with the protests so they responded with extreme measures such as torturing, kidnapping, and killing protestors. Government soldiers began to shoot at innocent civilians.

            Media coverage and social media have played huge roles in the Syrian and Ukrainian revolutions. In Ukraine there are hundreds of people standing by with their smartphones streaming the live events taking place in Ukraine. They are capturing videos of Ukraine protesters smashing windows and throwing Molotov cocktails. Social media have helped spread the protest in Ukraine. It allowed news, pictures, and videos of the protest to spread from Kiev to other parts of the country where copycat protests have broken out. In Syria an inspiring video of armed rebel citizens that stormed and conquered a government checkpoint went viral on the web. Like in Ukraine this video helped spread the cause and gave many people hope in the rebellion. It caused more people to join the protest and fight for their freedom. Media coverage and social media have played significant roles in both the uprisings because in both cases it has given the protestors hope and allowed news to spread around the country to let other citizens know what is happening and to give them a reason to join the fight.

 BBC (2014, February 22). BBC News – Why is Ukraine in turmoil? Retrieved February 27, 2014, from http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-25182823

 Syrian Uprising. (2014). Retrieved February 27, 2014, from http://middleeast.about.com/od/syria/tp/Syrian-Uprising.htm

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Python Exercises

Jason Lam’s Python Exercises

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Stem Subjects

          STEM is stands for fields that study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The word STEM is used for dealing with the education system and curriculum options in schools from kindergarten through college to help create competition in technology development. STEM programs allow students to take courses to prepare for the real world. STEM improves the student’s chance in succeeding in post-secondary education, employment, and jobs that require skills in mathematics and science.

           STEM jobs normally are better off financially than non-STEM jobs. Some examples of stem careers are veterinarian, civil engineer, or a mathematics teacher. Examples of non-stem careers are animal control worker, grounds maintenance, and chef. In the chart there are examples of the salary discrepancies between STEM careers and non-stem careers. As you can tell from the chart that STEM careers have a higher average starting salary than the non-stem careers.  So yes STEM jobs do get paid better than other jobs.

 

 

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California Department of Education (2013, October 7). Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics – Science (CA Dept of Education). Retrieved February 20, 2014, from http://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ca/sc/stemintrod.asp

 

Bureau of Labor Statistics (2008, May). Pathway to a STEM Degree From Community College to University. Retrieved February 20, 2014, from http://www.public.iastate.edu/~laanan/pathway2stem/tsg/ch3/choosing.shtml

 

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