Opinion

Has App Privacy Gone Too Far?

by Sam Barillaro. 0 Comments

I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine about technology and the impact it’s had on our privacy. He shared his concern about the way people are sharing almost everything about themselves on the web with little concern. I could sense he was looking to me for a counter argument.

There are plenty of ways technology can benefit us without the need to divulge all our secrets. However, there are cases where the more information you share about yourself, the more useful technology can be to you. This is a trade off we make and it should always be up to us what information we’re willing to share.

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What are Google Glasses for?

by Sam Barillaro. 0 Comments

After watching the Google glasses concept video it didn’t take long for my initial reaction of, wow this could be cool, to turn to reality.

Many have stated their opinions on the video, including some parodies of the clip. It wasn’t until halfway through reading Trevor Gilbert’s take on PandoDaily I stopped. I asked myself, what problem do these glasses solve? What need are they tending to? Maybe I’m missing something, maybe in the future we will all walk around with these glasses because it’s just too much for us to carry a mobile phone with us. Maybe. Or maybe Google just wanted to drive more traffic to Google+.

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Piracy and our sense of entitlement

by Sam Barillaro. 0 Comments

A lot has been said lately regarding the whole piracy debate. No one (in their right mind) thinks it’s right, but there is some disagreement as to whether consumers are at fault due to an unrealistic sense of entitlement, or content providers who are making it difficult for their customers to simply pay for their content.

PandoDaily has seen the latest in this saga with two of their writers debating the issue. The argument for privacy, and the parody on our sense of entitlement.

I won’t begin to go through the issues with the parody argument of stealing an iPhone, but I get the point. Yes, we as consumers can be quite demanding, especially now it has become so easy to get and consume content. Is that our fault as consumers? These channels to procure content exist and they can’t be removed without breaking the Internet. Content providers can either fight the inevitable, or they can embrace the opportunity to reach a larger, global audience, in almost realtime.

For me, nothing sums it up better than Marco’s post. It’s not about what’s right or wrong (or grey). It’s about being pragmatic. Sense of entitlement or no, trying to fight the inevitable isn’t going to solve the problem.

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