2014-01-20

OXFAM Report Snowden Internet of Things Fridge Spam

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CS/ICT/CIS Students


Pick one of the following topics and research it.

OXFAM Report:

from CBC.CA As It Happens for Monday, January 20, 2014:

THE WORLD'S 85 RICHEST
It's been said many times that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. But it's perhaps never been more evident than today.  A newly-released report by the international development charity organization Oxfam claims that the world's eighty-five richest people share a collective wealth equal to that of the world's poorest half.  

The report, called "Working For the Few" was published in time for The World Economic Forum, or W-E-F, in Davos, Switzerland. According to the report, since the 1970s, tax rates for the world's richest people have fallen in 29 of 30 countries for which data is available. Not only that, but Oxfam believes that these individuals and corporations have stashed about 21 billion dollars in unrecorded and offshore accounts, to avoid government taxation.  

Oxfam is urging government leaders gathered at the W-E-F to crack down on such tax havens, to support progressive taxation, and to use tax-generated revenue to support all citizens through healthcare, education and social protection programs.   

The Oxfam findings mean that the combined wealth of the world's richest 85 people is equal to the combined wealth of it's poorest 3,500,000,000 people!
What should be done? What can be done? What has been shown to work?

Snowden

On 9 June 2013, 29-year-old Edward Snowden revealed himself as the source of the revelations, published that week in the Guardian and the Washington Post,  that the NSA and other members of the Five Eyes alliance, along with numerous commercial and international partners run a of a global surveillance apparatus that has targeted both citizens on their home soil and foreign leaders, both when visiting and in their home countries.
What does this mean for you; as a student, as a Canadian, as a ...?  Where could this go (see CBC.CA Spark: The Internet of Insecure Things for some ideas)?

Internet of Things

The Future is Now - The Connected City



Now is The Future (of 1981): 1981 News Report on "Upcoming Technologies"


 
Please give your answers to the questions posed in the Current's article: "... where all this technology is heading, how we can benefit and what we may lose in the process."

Spamming Fridge

Need I say more?  What is this all about? How does it affect you?