Author page: Emil

Decentralization and Wikileaks: Opportunities and Challenges for Traditional News Platforms

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Wikileaks has become famous through publishing secret information. With its new and radical approach to the freedom of information, Wikileaks distinguishes itself from classical news organizations, but it does not exist completely separate from them. Wikileaks, for example, has only been able to gain such prominence and thereby such a huge audience because it collaborated with some of these traditional news platforms.…

Privacy invading Surveillance Techniques: Immediate Ways to Evade Facial Recognition

Facial recognition software is one of the most hotly debated technological advancements of our time. The possibilities of misuse brought many companies to put the development and use of facial recognition on hold. But new start-ups, and the enormous demand of public and private security organizations have made facial recognition a spooky reality. There are many cities around the world that employ…

The Battle of the Tech Giants: Illusions of Innovation, Parallel Structures and Capitalism

Every day more than 4,000 new apps are released. Google Play´s monthly new releases exceed 100,000 each month and Apple´s App Store is not far behind. The big five tech companies (Apple, Facebook, Google (Alphabet), Amazon, Microsoft) are steadily supplanting oil companies as biggest corporations in terms of stock market value. What is it these companies do and how do they make…

Moore´s Law and the Future

ipse se nihil scire id unum sciat and the amusing past´s future Trying to imagine what will be is an impossible task. I often think to have found ground that justifies a certain prognosis. But I learned, however limited in space and time, a prognosis remains tentative. Like the paradoxical saying (allegedly said by Sokrates) in the title: “I know that I…

Governments using Social Media to Inform the Public (Summary)

Diverse forces impact the world at a consistently increasing speed, obliging us to rethink many concepts and relationships we thought given. Many phenomena are becoming more closely linked and a web of interdependence characterizes many contemporary events. Government and the state are still of great academic and practical importance to citizens that live in them, but their role as sovereign actors is…

The CAPTCHA: A Discriminating Time-Thief

A sketchy depiction of a captcha

The internet. Seemingly endless information in perpetual forms, awaiting my fingertips to press the button. What I once saw as only a toy and object of amusement, additionally became a space for social bonding, a platform of self-portrayal, an inexhaustible tool for all inquiries and questions, and a necessity for my education. I want to use the internet and I need to…