Outsourcing for the U.S.

Outsourcing is the contracting out of a business process to a third-party. It includes both foreign and domestic contracting and sometimes also includes offshoring ot relocating a business function to another country. One of the benefits which outsourcing has is financial savings that comes from lower international labor rates. Also, avoidance of high taxes and high energy costs is another reason.

However, outsourcing has negative aspects as well. From the perspective of labor, outsourcing may offer a new threat such as contribution to worker insecurity. Furthermore, it is reflective of the general process of globalization and economic polarization.

 

Wearable Computing

It is definite that Google glass, and technology like it such as Smart Watches are an evolutionary step in the direction of technology. That is, those developments of technology are the direction that I see technology heading. As Google glass enables individuals to enjoy more culture-fulfilled life in that it can catch every single moments of enjoyable activity that can be missed easily. Moreover, Smart Watches makes people access to much useable information without hardness. The technology like those leads people to have more rich life and that’s what the technology should do.

While those technologies have benefits like this-benefits of make more rich life, there are downsides as well. For instance, such advanced technologies can easily be taken by someone even without consciousness who might use this technology with inappropriate purpose such as stealing one’s private information. Therefore, technology should not only be developed as the way that make people’s life more rich but also be strong and protective to prevent the negative sides.

Private information

In my opinion, private information includes personal data such as bank account number and social securty number as well as national secret and corporation information. All this information must be protected and not be used for one’s own purpose without permission. Moreover, this information also posesses own rights.

Therefore, if so much information is given away freely via social media, there must be lots of problems with either corporations or governmnet reviewing published information. Much of the information could be used for one’s benefit or other private reasons, for example, revenge. In worse situation, corporations can monopolize and oligopolize, which can have negative influence on consumers, and world nations can even go into a war.

 

Illegal Downloading

In Korea, there is a campaign called “Good Downloader”. It aims for protecting legal rights of film producesr and actors, encouraging the public to pay appropriate money for downloading movies. Illegal downloading does not only include films, but also softwares, pictures, and other programs that has a clear producer who has his or her own rights toward their works. Therefore, it is obvious that illegal downloading is not a victimless crime and that it can damage one’s legal rights.
 
It is no exaggeration to say that illegal downloading is as same as stealing. It is an act that harms one’s property. Taking others own property without his or her permission and using for one’s own purpose is definitley ‘stealing’. Therefore, illegal downloading is a problem that has to be solved in this informaion-oriented era where there is always a possibility that one’s rights can be violated.
 

Psychology

Psychology is a study for understanding individuals and groups by establishing general principles and researching specific cases, and by many accounts it ultimately aims to benefit society. As the modern society requires reasons for human behaviors to understand and predict various phenomenon, psychology becomes more and more important. Also, to solve numerous mental problems, psychology is necessary.

In the study of psychology, computer plays an essential role. It is used to organize and analyze huge amount of data and information. Morever, nowadays various SNS are used by individuals all over the world, to acknowledge the influence of SNS and internet media on human becomes primary for the modern society.

Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz, an American computer programmer as well as an internet activist, has killed himself on January 11, 2013. As a teenage boy, he showed his talents helping develop code which later became to make the ever-changing information freely available (Schwartz, 2013). Later, he founded a company which merged with Reddit, a social news site. Also, as an internet activist, he promoted online campaigns on social justice issues which includes a successful effort of opposing a Hollywood-backed Internet piracy bill (Schwartz, 2013).

But, in other aspect, he seemed to be troublesome in that he tried to release information to public maintaining that the public should be free to access to the certain information which he believed that should be revealed. In 2008, he took on  Public Access to Court Electronic Records, the repository for federal judicial documents and three years later, he also broke into computer networks at M.I.T (Schwartz, 2013).

After Swartz died, the public insists that there might be a possibility that M.I.T led Swartz mentally ill. However, M.I.T reported that “MIT did not ‘target’ Aaron Swartz, it did not seek federal prosecution, punishment or jail time, and it did not oppose a plea bargain” (Boyette, 2013). However, others including the family and romantic partner of Swartz disagreed insisting that M.I.T played a significant role in Aaron’s suicide by not being neutral in the legal case against him (Boyette, 2013).

Regarding this issue, United States Attorney declared that Swartz is a “theft” who steals information and be harmful to the victims (Gosztola, 2013). Moreover, the government expanded his charges from four to thirteen felonies, which seems that it led the aggressive prosecution and finally pushed Swartz toward death (Gosztola, 2013).

 

REFERENCES

Boyette, C. (July 31, 2013). MIT report: We did not ‘target’ Aaron Swartz. Cable News Network (CNN). Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/30/tech/web/mit-report-swartz/

Gosztola, K. (January 14, 2013). How the Government’s Prosecustion of Aaron Swartz Pushed Him Toward Death. Firedoglake.com. Retrieved from http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2013/01/14/how-the-governments-prosecution-of-aaron-swartz-pushed-him-toward-death/

Schwartz, J. (January 12, 2013). Internet Activist, a Creator of RSS, Is Dead at 26, Apparently a Suicide. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/technology/aaron-swartz-internet-activist-dies-at-26.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0