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Twitternado – Social Media Becoming a New Way to Watch Movies?

by Jonathan Lin

Prior to this weekend, (#)Sharknado took audiences by storm (sorry for audacious puns, but they’re all in the spirit of this new phenomenon). Listed under IMDB as ‘TV Movie’ is probably the first clue of its outrageous premise, acting, and cinematic delivery.

CISPA Reborn

by Jonathan Lin

The US House of Representatives revitalized efforts to pass the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which never got the approval of the Senate last year. Yesterday the bill passed by a margin of 288 to 127 after two days of debate, which included the potential of malicious cyber attacks raining down on American power grids and disrupting livelihoods.

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA)

by Jonathan Lin

The loss of thousands of US jobs. $300 billion in trade secrets stolen from the United States last year. Doing nothing to combat other countries using this data to compete against America. “That’s just wrong,” Democratic Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger announced during a panel session at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) less than two weeks ago.

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451: Adapted to Screen

by Jonathan Lin

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 (1953) is widely considered as a hallmark of the dystopian literary genre, and its science-fiction qualities that set the story in the unknown future only enhances the novel’s critique of absolute governance. More than a decade later, acclaimed French filmmaker François Truffaut directed his only English-language film, adapting Bradbury’s book to the screen. At this point Truffaut had established the beginnings of his oeuvre with notable works like The 400 Blows (1959) and Jules and Jim (1962), none of which dealt with anything similar to the book-burning totalitarianism of the state featured so prominently in Bradbury’s world.

Four Interns Join IEET’s Revamped Internship Program

We are pleased to introduce the four members of our revised IEET intern program: Jonathan Lin, Will Hiltman, George Bickers and Andrew Cvercko.

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Technology and the Changing Landscape of Journalism

by Jonathan Lin

For general and investigative journalists, social media has become a significant means of obtaining news, fact-checking, and reaching out to audiences. Internet-based applications such as Facebook and Twitter count as social media, where they can be used to receive and then share content, resulting in an exchange of ideas, headlines, and discussion on what can be written.

What do We Do About Multinational Corporations that Help Oppressive Governments?

by Jonathan Lin

Telecommunications is an industry that is evolving at an increasingly rapid pace, manifest not only in technological advances, but also the influence of regulation, legal policy, market forces, and security.

Toddlers and Tablets

by Jonathan Lin

These days, you would not be alone in thinking that perhaps future generations would master the PC before the pencil. Actually, more realistically speaking, infants born in the iPhone era may not see an entire personal computer for a long time. Instead their interaction is more likely to be with more portable tech: tablets and smartphones.

Emerging Technological Innovation in China

by Jonathan Lin

When Steve Jobs passed away in October last year, many worldwide mourned the loss of an extraordinary innovator. In Ningbo, a port city on the eastern Chinese coast, the reaction was similar: there was media attention dedicated to the former CEO’s accomplishments and life history, along with admiration for his talents and vision for Apple. Then there was the heralding of a local initiative by the press: a program to cultivate “an army of Steve Jobs-style leaders.

Hand Written Letters in the Digital Age

by Jonathan Lin

Hannah Brencher is a letter-enthusiast. She runs The World Needs More Love Letters, a letter exchange dedicated to connecting strangers across the globe through the art of letter writing. I discovered Brencher by browsing through online TED talks for November 2012, and noted her popular talk in the “less than 6 minutes” category. In her presentation she traced her own love of pen and paper as a means of personal expression and salvation, where letter writing guaranteed constant communication with her mother and helped Brencher fight chronic depression.

Review: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less from Each Other

by Jonathan Lin

On October 26th, Professor Sherry Turkle of MIT, author of the book Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less from Each Other, delivered a convocation speech at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Titled “Technology as Evocative Objects”, her presentation examined how technology, which has now been firmly embedded into our everyday lives, is significantly impacting our social relations and human interactions. Her discussion on the appeal of technology as a tool, and the way it allows people to edit the content that people communicate to one another, highlighted how electronic devices are redefining social norms, perceptions of gratification, and the changing state of human connection.

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“Caught In The Web” - Netizen Flames in Chinese Cinema

by Jonathan Lin

One review of renowned Chinese director Chen Kaige’s most recent film Caught In The Web (2012) called it “a contemporary social drama about online witchhunts.”

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Ushahidi - Crowdsourcing Democracy, from Kenya to the World

by Jonathan Lin

Platform that promotes humanitarianism and citizen journalism emerges from Kenyan civil strife; now it instigates economic change and social activism internationally.

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