The World Is Flat

In every part of the world you will find people with different values, beliefs, ideas and other aspects of culture. The process of integrating all this aspects together is known as globalization. A man named Thomas Friedman wrote a book called The World Is Flat. In this book Thomas talked about how the world is an equal place. Thomas names several benefits of globalization, such as, the collapse of the Berlin Wall, outsourcing and supply chaining. (Wikipedia, 2014)

 

Along with everything in the world today along with globalization come problems. Those problems include increased likelihood of economic disruptions in one nation effecting all nations, greater risk of diseases being transported unintentionally between nations and threat that control of world media by a handful of corporations will limit cultural expression. (Globalization, 2014) Just to name a few..

 

Globalization: IMF Key Issues. (n.d.). Globalization: IMF Key Issues. Retrieved April 25, 2014, from http://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/key/global.htm

 

Wikipedia. Retrieved April 25, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_Is_Flat

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Security Breach

The security of our personal information is in by no means as “secure” as companies claim them to be. The retrieval of your personal information can be accessed at any time. On November 30, 2013 Target had a security breach. 40 million credit card numbers and 70 million phone numbers, addresses and other pieces of personal information were leaked out of their mainframe. (Riley, 2014) The public should have the right to be notified by an organization if there has been a breach in their digital security. Knowing so could prevent consumers to purchase from a company that will also prevent in the access of their personal information.

 

As a consumer I do believe we should have the right to know if our information has been accessed. If not, it can result in loss of identity or loss of money. My mother was a victim of the security breach from Target. My mother was charged for two purchases that she did not make. If the company had notified people about this problem than there would have been a lot less victims, which would of, resulted in a lot less lawsuits conducted upon them.

 

Online shopping is one of the greatest inventions known to man. I could go grocery shopping, Christmas shopping or even buy appliances and have it all shipped to my house just by sitting on my couch in my pajamas. I know it is a risk that my information may be stolen every time I make an online transaction, but as long as I keep an eye on my bank statements to follow my transactions than everything should be alright. If I notice a transaction that I did not make than I would contact the bank and report the problem. To change my mind my information would have to be stolen a numerous amount of times. Otherwise, I will still continue to shop online as I please. (Security, 2013)

 

Security Breach Examples and Practices to Avoid Them. (2013, April 1). Security Breach Examples and Practices to Avoid Them. Retrieved , from http://its.ucsc.edu/security/breaches.html

 

Riley, M., Elgin, B., Lawrence, D., & Matlack, C. (2014, March 13). Missed Alarms and 40 Million Stolen Credit Card Numbers: How Target Blew It. Bloomberg Business Week. Retrieved , from http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-03-13/target-missed-alarms-in-epic-hack-of-credit-card-data

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Downloading music illegally

Illegal downloading is a big problem in today’s society. Why buy a CD or a DVD when you can download a song or movie for free online. According to cns news, illegally downloaded music makes up for 95% of all music downloaded worldwide. (Arnold, 2010) I do think illegal down loading is a victimless crime. Artist and actors all make enough in other ways, such as endorsements, that they should give back to their fans in some way.

 

Illegal downloading is different from stealing. If a song or a movie is put online, for all to hear or see, than everyone should have the right to download it. Artists make songs for us to hear, therefore, it is only right for us to be able to download it. Since a high majority of individuals download music illegally without getting caught, people should stop wasting their time and money on finding who these people are and spend their money on stopping crime that is worse than downloading music. Only 1 out of every 30,000 people who download music illegally actually gets caught. (Mokey, 2009)

 

Mokey, N. (2009, October 23). Music, movie and software piracy: What’s your chance of getting caught? read more. Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/features/music-movie-and-software-piracy-whats-your-chance-of-getting-caught/

 

Arnold, C. (2010, January 21). Illegal music downloads account for 95 percent of all music downloaded worldwide. Retrieved from http://cnsnews.com/news/article/illegal-music-downloads-account-95-percent-all-music-downloaded-worldwide

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MOOC’s

MOOC’s, Massive Open Online Courses are courses conducted online with open access to the web and allowed unlimited participation. They do work if you are motivated to learn what the topic is. It requires more work than the standard in class learning environment, but if you are interested enough, it will be easier than anything to learn. Also, can take your time with the work and not have stress of answering questions immediately like you do in class.

 

Sebastian Thrun, founder of Udacity, said he invented Udacity to try and democratize higher education. Udacity stands for “we are audacious, for you, the student”. (Thrun, 2011)Even though Sebastian thought this was going to change to education system in a positive way, recent times conclude that the success rate is very low within MOOC’s. Sebastian stated that MOOC’s are not effective for undergraduates after all. Professor Thrun said, “I’d aspired to give people a profound education–to teach them something substantial, but the data was at odds with this idea.” (Morrison, 2013)

 

 

Thrun, S. (2011). Homepage sebastian thrun. Retrieved from http://robots.stanford.edu/

 

Morrison, D. (2013, November). Sebastian thrun: Moocs not effective for undergraduate education after all…. Retrieved from http://onlinelearninginsights.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/sebastian-thrun-moocs-not-effective-for-undergraduate-education-after-all/

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