Module 10 – Piktochart Infograph

By Niko McGlashan My Piktochart brings about useful website functions and presentation that are incorporated in the best of web cites.The information on the Occam’s Razer’s blog evaluated these qualities through examining the user-friendly approach of successful websites. My Piktochart explains the common ground that these websites share in attempt to assist on future web development. Enjoy!

Blog: http://www.kaushik.net/avinash/web-design-branding-digital-marketing-experiences/

https://magic.piktochart.com/output/853343-going-hsm

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Final Project: Reading Between the Lines

By Niko McGlashan

My partner and I decided to raise awareness on the importance of reading terms and conditions. The topic was closely related to on-line user security, which applies intensively to a high school audience. The video exclaims the importance of understanding contracts that pertain to the individuals’ concerns. The issue reflects how one can present themselves on-line and the necessary precautions needed to accurately present one’s self image on the web.

In collaboration with the class material, we used the film “Terms and Conditions May Apply,” and “Irrationally Bound: Terms of Use Licenses and the Breakdown of Consumer Rationality in the Market for Social Network Sites,” to succinctly express the importance of the matter. We also use a previous skit we created to depict the consequences of ignoring the terms and conditions.

We hope to deliver a professional and effective method of interpretation for a high-school audience by presenting the content in an immersive video. We hope that the viewers feel more pressured to inform themselves on the contract they are agreeing to, whether it is in the physical or digital world. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEMpNCnJxUM

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Module 9 – Coding

by Niko McGlashan

Coding has become a fundamental to the cycle of the developed world. Although coding appears to be intimidating, the approach should be considered like learning a new language; difficult to start off, but as patterns are uncovered, becomes easier to understand. The depiction of coding is in the process of being revamped, as figures such as Chris Bosh vouch for its significance and entrenched value within society.

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Module 8- If a Picture Tells a Thousand Words…

by Niko McGlashan

ImageMy partner and I have created a video regarding the severity of terms of use

which contain pivotal factors that, when read, may alter one’s choice of agreeing to a license.

In this particular case, I was swindled into giving up my privacy, food, and xbox by ignoring the specifications of a contract.

Although this appears to be an exaggeration, some of the information that companies extract from contracts

can be of extreme importance for the organization further their profits. In the editing process, we made around ~12 video cuts,

3 audio edits, and used creative commons license material, which was then merged to create the final picture at the end of the video. We hope to convey an important

message regarding the importance of conditions, in a form that intrigues viewers to entrench the content.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhY5vlbP-ps

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The Beginning of My App Empire – Module 7

By Niko McGlashan

hammerCreating an app through App Builder made an extremely overwhelming task quite achievable without any background knowledge in app creation or coding. My app specializes in party management and organization, allowing for users to RSVP, invite others, and create events of their own. The potential of App Builder may be limited but is a crucial milestone in understanding the posabilities and hardships that comes with designing an app.

  Link: myapp.is/PlusOne

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Module 5 – Investigating Film and Contemporary Studies: RSS Feed

By Niko McGlashan

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This exercise has proven to be a viable alternative to modern search engines. When investigating a particular topic such a filmography, feeds could adapt to the consumer, altering the spectrum of information submitted. The RSS feed allows you to subscribe to particular categories, whereas Google and other engines drastically adapt the search results for the end user. Although the onus of having to subscribe is bestowed upon the client, it provides constant flow and potentially discover more on the particular topic through tags. The RSS feed is customized to the user’s interests and desired depth, whether it includes video editing, pop culture, or anything in between. To an extent, the functionality of RSS feeds are more beneficial to the consumer, due to its user-friendly approach.

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Collusion: The Medium of Shocking Truth – Module 4

By Nikolas McGlashan

ImageCollusion has emerged due to the subversive invasion of our privacy. Within 20 minutes of browsing, I was completely encumbered in a graphical web of sites that had transferred my information amongst each other. From this research arose a fact; the information they were extracting from my online identity is sought after by many parties. Notably, many of the sites that were extracting data were sites that I had never even visited before. Furthermore, many sites tracked my data for their own purposes, without consent in many cases, transferring information without warning at anytime.

Recent developments of the web have slowly obliterated our privacy standards, as our personal lives are being altered as private information. It is disconcerting to learn that Mark Zuckerberg, the head of one of the top social sites, believes that online information should be available to everyone. His company, Facebook, has loosened their constraints on user privacy settings drastically since its launch. Digital natives have grown accustomed to being open about their information to an extent where safeguards have previously prevented invasions of privacy from third parties. Domains have more recently undermined that safety net, as we no longer know who or when parties can obtain our information. The perception of protection has been eradicated as we are made aware of how expansive the subterfuge of the web really is.

With online information becoming more important in our society, the extent to which third parties exploit our search habits is heightened. Just as online servers pool information to sell to businesses has become a major factor in job hirings, we cannot foresee the possible damaging uses for this extreme interconnectivity between sites. In a case of online extraction, such as hacking, our information is readily available to anyone with capabilities of probing.

Extensive violations of personal information have become a marketing exploit. In addition, the information obtained can produce arbitrary or compromising results due to abnormal search habits. The internet requires a security filter for the end user as a possible solution. As the integrity for user safety has become an alarming issue, Google AdID has emerged. The objective for AdID is to prevent users from being subjected to tracking software, and to provide services that enable an “opt-out” solution. As the deceptive methods used to obtain online information persists, the need to protect the users has become of the utmost importance.

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