Two Perspectives. One Topic.

My first source talks about some of the legal problems that mass data collection presents. Things like using data from wearable technology in court cases to help prove someone’s innocence or guilt. It talks about how this situation raises issues from personal privacy (Who owns your data and can a court demand to see that data?) t0 accuracy issues (If you’ve been tapping your foot in your room a tracker may think you’ve been walking all day which could cause your alibi to be refuted.). This article cites a very recent court case where data from wearable technology was used, and speculates about potential (usually legal) consequences of this new technology in the future.

My second source is an academic paper that deals with privacy in the digital age. It talks about what is referred to as ‘the internet of things’ and how it along with wearable technology could impact our security and privacy. This paper talks about very similar issues to my first source but with a more broad focus on security and privacy instead of just impacts in the judicial system. This source is also a scientific paper which gives it much more academic credibility than the first source.

I think both of these sources will complement each other giving opinions of both a regular person and a scientist on the same topic: impacts wearable technology will have on our security in the future.


 

References

Mearian, L. (2014, December 8). Data from wearable devices could soon land you in jail. Computerworld.

Thierer, A. D. (2015, February 18). The internet of things and wearable technology: Addressing privacy and security concerns without derailing innovation. Richmond Journal of Law & Technology, 21.

Preemptive Quoting

Summary: This article is an announcement from Oral Roberts University (ORU) about their new program which implements Fitbit™ wearable watches into their fitness program. In it they outline why they feel this is a good next step for their progressive fitness program. The article also states that wearing Fitbits™ will be mandatory for first year students but optional for all upperclassmen. The article finishes with a brief mention of the connectivity software that will directly transmit data from the Fitbits™ to the school’s records, thus allowing the school to monitor their students’ fitness levels.

 

Paraphrase: We here at ORU will be implementing Fitbit™ devices in our fitness program this coming year. We are a very progressive university and we feel this new program will move us towards a more digital age. This Fitbit™ technology will allow us to monitor our student’s aerobic activity (and other areas of their health) and use that data in our fitness programs. We are requiring all incoming freshmen to wear  Fitbit™ wearable watches, and upperclassmen may purchase their own Fitbit™ decives from the campus book store. We are very excited to be offering this new technology to our students and look forward to the positive health benefits it will bring.

 

Quotes:

attributive tags: Oral Roberts University’s President William M. Wilson said “ORU offers one of the most unique educational approaches in the world by focusing on the Whole Person – mind, body and spirit, the marriage of new technology with our physical fitness requirements is something that sets ORU apart” (Oral Roberts University Integrates Wearable Technology with Physical Fitness Curriculum for Incoming Students).

grammatical integration: ORU has made “Fitbit fitness tracking… required for all incoming students” and optional for all upperclassmen (Oral Roberts University Integrates Wearable Technology with Physical Fitness Curriculum for Incoming Students).

full sentence + punctuation: Oral Roberts university released a statement saying:

“Fitbit was created to empower and inspire individuals to live a healthier, more active life. They design products and experiences that fit seamlessly into individuals lives, making to easier to achieve health and fitness goals, whatever they may be” (Oral Roberts University Integrates Wearable Technology with Physical Fitness Curriculum for Incoming Students).

Research Wishlist

For my upcoming research paper, I would like…

  • information about what kinds of data wearable technology collects.
  • some statistics about wearable fitness technology (specifically fit bits) effecting people’s health.
  • the opinion of someone of importance talking about the kinds of privacy risks wearable technology presents to consumers to use these devices.

Fitbit™ – Another Wonderful New Technology

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The intent behind making wearable fitness tracking technology mandatory for individuals in universities or businesses is almost definitely one of concern for the general public’s health. This technology would encourage better fitness through various ways such as grading students on their health. If people become healthier, that’s good for everyone right?28a91b455fd5be0ccca52670393bcd88

I won’t deny that I’m naturally skeptic and a little bit paranoid when it comes matters of technology. I consider myself fairly tech savvy and spend a lot of time learning about new ways the digital world is progressing. But this is where my concerns come from. Now I’m not one of the crazies that wears tin foil hats because the government is trying to read our minds with microwaves, but I do worry about what kind of information companies are collecting when we use things like fitness trackers.

The truth of the matter is that wearable devices like the Fitbit™ produce immense amounts of data. This data is the wonderful computery stuff that can tell us how many calories we burn, what we might want to buy online, and even where we are (in the case of GPS in our cell phones). There is no problem in knowing what your own data looks like. It can be useful to us in numerous ways. But when companies freely use and commercially distribute the data we’re producing with their technology, this practice becomes a serious privacy issue.

fitbitFrom a legal standpoint, cellphone companies own our cellphone data and Fitbit™ owns our health data. Extensive data about how much we exercise and where we sleep belong to corporations that are free to use and sell this information in whatever manner they choose. My concerns mainly come from the fact that most people are either unaware what or to what extent data is being mined, or they don’t understand what others can do with this data. So when I hear that all incoming students at Oral Roberts University are required to wear these fitness trackers and give this personal data (including when you’re active and when you’re probably sleeping) to the Fitbit™ cooperation, I get worried about the privacy and security issues that can arise.

-John Delgado

A Rhetorical Analysis Of A Rhetorical Analysis…

John Delgado’s rhetorical analysis of ‘They Carry Disease from Filth to Food – Kill All Flies’ has impacted my life more than any other analysis I’ve read this week. Delgado doesn’t hesitate to immediately analyze the poster on both technical and emotional levels from the very beginning of his paper. He even begins with what the cultural implications the poster can tell us about WWII era British society from the first paragraph.

He balances direct citations of the poster with personal analysis of the content throughout the paper. His evidence ranges from the art style of the poster to the words themselves (of which there are 11 quotes it total) and he is very liberal with direct references to the poster.

His language is serious but not overly academic which makes his paper accessible to a very wide audience (which is definitely what he was going for considering how many people he is trying to reach with his analysis). The paper continuously goes back and fourth between talking about what the poster does to the reader and how it would have effected soldiers back when it was produced. His arguments are laid out logically (especially his paragraph on logos which makes sense) and backed with sufficient supporting evidence, but a lot of his points about the imagery only reference how they make the viewer feel (but then again emotional arguments are difficult to prove with facts). The author himself doesn’t carry much clout being a fairly unknown name in the rhetorical analysis world, so he gets his ethos from the poster itself. Where he falls short to convince the reader based on his own authority, he makes up for with supporting evidence from the piece of propaganda itself.

Overall I think John Delgado analyzed the piece well on roughly five different levels. Those points were not developed as thoroughly as they could have been had he focused on fewer points or made the paper longer, but I think that his purpose was to show how these different aspects of the poster worked together to persuade the viewer. To that avail I think he did very well, and I look forward to reading his future works.