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Reflective Summary: Topic 5 – Open Access

This was a very interesting topic and one that has a hug impact on me as a university student. Through my initial research and reading of other people’s posts, I gained vast knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of open access. Melak summed up the pros and cons of open access and discussed the way in which it would be viable in the real world, something I had not included in my post. Continue reading →

Reflective Summary: Topic 4 – The Digital Divide & Use of Cookies

In this task, I took the opportunity to learn about a topic of which I had little previous knowledge; the digital divide. This is an issue of technological disparity both nationally and internationally. Furthermore, my reading of other posts, gave me a greater insight into topics of which I already had some previous knowledge. Davina used her own personal experiences to show an example of the digital divide across nations in the image below that I lifted from her blog. Continue reading →

The Digital Divide: A Global Setback

Economic inequality across countries has been a problem faced by society for a vast number of years. Now, however, the Digital Divide has further escalated this problem, fast forwarding the issue in a world vastly driven by the advance of online technology. As explained in the video above, the Digital Divide refers to ‘the gap between demographics and regions that have access to modern information and communications technology, and those that don’t or have restricted access. Continue reading →

Reflective Summary: Topic 3 – Online Professional Profiles

Through the last week or so I have established an understanding into the ways through which one can develop one’s online professional profile to stand out amongst other candidates and increase the chances of employment. Through reflecting on other people’s work, as well as others’ reflections on my work my ideas have developed further. Melak and I both agreed on the importance of having a LinkedIn profile. Continue reading →

Developing a Professional Online Profile.

According to Jobvite (2014), 79% of recruiters have hired a candidate through LinkedIn. Furthermore, 93% review a candidate’s social profile before hiring. With this being said, it is clear that the presence of a professional online profile is vital for employment. Below, I have highlighted the ways in which an authentic professional profile can be developed. References: Social Recruiting Survey (2014). Jobvite. Available at: https://www.jobvite. Continue reading →

Reflective Summary: Topic 2 – Advantages & Dangers of Multiple Identities

Through my research into this topic, followed by my blog post and subsequent reading of the posts of my peers, I have been given an insight into the vast advantages, as well as the dangers of having multiple online identities. Arthur’s post showed an excellent real world example of multiple online identities being kept up online. This was an example of someone with a personal online profile and a second through which they post about Arsenal FC. Continue reading →

“Privacy has Been Privatised”

In a world where our personal and private data is becoming more open and accessible, the monetisation of our digital footprint by some of the world’s biggest online companies has lead to a huge lack of privacy. However, is this the tradeoff for clarity online? “Your online identity is the sum of your characteristics & interactions.” This is the definition given by ‘Internet Society. Continue reading →

Digital Visitors & Residents

In 2001 it was proposed by Marc Prensky that younger generations, who were brought up in a digital world, are entirely competent using the internet. He described these younger members of society as digital ‘natives.’ Conversely, he expressed that older users were still able to ‘learn to exist’ online, but would never be ‘fully competent.’ Something like learning a foreign language. They were known by Prensky, as ‘immigrants. Continue reading →