Though numerous countries, such as Italy, France and Spain have taken drastic — yet requisite measures in an attempt to curb the spread of the Coronavirus, the U.S. is taking a much less aggressive approach.

Flattening the Curve

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It is astonishing that even after learning of the 368 deaths in Italy in just 24 hours, certain states are not mandating the closure of ALL non-essential retail operations. If we want to eradicate this virus, we should, as a country, be united in our decision to avoid going out and being around others unless it is an absolute emergency. As of 8pm tonight, crowd…


My response to “Did Facebook Learn Anything From the Cambridge Analytica Debacle?

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The New York Times

Security or Vulnerability?

Although we are prompted and encouraged to provide applications, such as Facebook and Instagram, with additional information — such as our phone numbers — to further secure our accounts and personal information, doing so tends to have quite the opposite effect on many users. Facebook currently allows advertisers to access users’ phone numbers. It is troubling to learn that to the dismay of many users, Mark Zuckerberg and his team still have yet to make a substantial difference in altering the access advertisers — and potentially hackers —…


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Source: Dark Pony

My response and reaction to “Welcome to hell: Apple vs. Google vs. Facebook and the slow death of the web” by Nilay Patel.

The Demise of Small- to Medium-Sized Websites

Ad blocking, defined as “the action or practice of using a special piece of software to prevent advertisements from appearing on a web page”, is typically used by individuals who are concerned about and want to further protect their privacy, or those who simply want the website they are on to load quicker and not freeze due to excessive amounts of advertisements. …


My response to “A Future Where Everything Becomes a Computer Is as Creepy as You Feared” by Farhad Manjoo.

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Source: Syracuse University iSchool Blog

How did technological advancements become more important than our privacy?

I have noticed a common theme when it comes to technological advancements. Individuals in the technology industry tend to place a higher importance on advancements, “…conveniences and unimaginable benefits to our health and happiness” rather than the negative effects various technologies can have on our privacy.

It has also become commonplace for the public to not take proposed inventions from leaders in the tech industry as seriously as we should.

“This sort of thing happens again and again in the tech…


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Source: Shutterstock

Although many of us are under the impression that social media and technology improve our ability to communicate, connect with others and be more informed, in many ways, it does the complete opposite.

The Never-Ending News Cycle

The constant flow of information makes it more challenging for us to give our full attention to each individual news story.

As a result, although we assume we are more informed on what is taking place because of the immense amount of information that is readily accessible, we are more likely to be overwhelmed by the information than we are to absorb and retain it.

The Blurred Line Between Digital and Real Life

Since our…


#LeanIn

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, author of “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead”, initiated a movement aimed at encouraging women to believe in and stand up for themselves, particularly in the workplace. Sandberg strives for “equality — equal pay, equal responsibility at home.” The Lean In Organization, founded by Sandberg, aims to “empower women to achieve their ambitions.”

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Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” (leanin.org/book)

The controversy and discussion surrounding gender equality in the workplace has been mounting, primarily as a result of celebrities initiating and encouraging others to join the conversation in hopes of making a difference. Some celebrities use their platform to discuss…

Rosa

Senior at Iona College majoring in Mass Communications with a concentration in Journalism.

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