Monday, February 13, 2017

Blog 7: How Do We Trust the Internet

At the end of Phase 2 Ryan talks about security and developing the rules of when you can cross the lines of security and it turns into pirating. Ryan talks a lot about the development of security systems regarding numerous websites and how they chose to regulate who can see, use, and distribute their content. One of the most interesting concepts was created by Google and is called PageRank. PageRank ranks all sites that are linked to a webpage and assigns them a value based on the sites linking to them. Through using this website Google is able to determine which sites have been "voted" a best source for information.
At the end of Phase 2 and chapter 9 Ryan talks about how the Internet effects our economy through the introduction of online shopping. I thought a really interesting part of this chapter was when Ryan talked about how grocery stores already make very little in the margin after they buy and sell the food. but, now with the use of online grocery shopping and the fact that we can have food directly delivered to us it brings that margin to practically nothing. This is an example of the benefits that the Internet gives us, negatively impacting others while benefiting us directly.

After reading these three chapters I have a couple questions:
1. Wikipedia has always had a bad reputation through academics for being untrustworthy. What must a website do to make us trust it? From what you can read about Wikipedia today it is pretty locked down and trustworthy. However, if you sight it in a paper a teacher may question it or even downgrade you.
2. What is another way we can attack finding a valuable website? Google developed PageRank? What is next? What is better? What is smarter?

Ryan, J. (2010). A history of the internet and the digital future. London, UK: Reaktion Books. [Phase 2: 8, 9, & Phase 3: 10]


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