-Cross Currents 10.5 Human Questions for a Computer Age 9.3 Internet Issues: Ethical and Political Dilemmas

The Shameful Side of Internet Culture

Shaming and bullying existed long before the Internet age. But social networks have the power to magnify the negative impact of those activities, sometimes wrecking the lives of innocent people in the process. In this fascinating TED talk, Jon Ronson graphically illustrates this phenomenon with a true story and talks about what we need to do to minimize the consequences of Internet shaming.
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-Cross Currents 7.4 No Secrets: Computers and Privacy

License to Know Too Much?

The digital technology explosion of the last decade has produced many new threats to our privacy, including some unexpected ones. In this short TED talk, Catherine Crump explains how the automatic license plate scanners used by police might have disastrous ramifications for law-abiding citizens.
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-Multimedia 14.1 How People Make Programs 4.1 Processing with Programs 5.6 Statistical Software: Beyond Spreadsheets Chapter 14 Systems Design and Development

Algorithms Everywhere

Computer programs are designed using mathematical/logical constructs called algorithms. This fascinating TED talk by Kevin Slavin shows and tells how algorithms are finding their way into all kinds of unexpected places in our world, for better or for worse.

-Multimedia 10.5 Human Questions for a Computer Age 8.5 Interpersonal Computing: From Communication to Communities

Is There Social Life After Death?

What happens to your online identity after you die? This short TED talk explores this question and suggests some answers.

-Multimedia 10.3 Security, Privacy, Freedom, and Ethics 7.4 No Secrets: Computers and Privacy 9.3 Internet Issues: Ethical and Political Dilemmas Chapter 7 Database Applications and Privacy Implications Chapter 9 The Evolving Internet

Is the Internet really a force for freedom?

The Internet is a powerful tools for promoting democracy and freedom worldwide. But many governments severely restrict many Internet activities to maintain security and stability. In this powerful TED talk, Rebecca MacKinnon explores the question, “How do we make sure that the Internet evolves in a citizen-centered manner?”
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-Multimedia 10.1 Online Outlaws: Computer Crime 10.2 Computer Security: Reducing Risks Chapter 10 Computer Security and Risks

Behind the Front Lines in the Virus Wars

In this TED talk, Mikko Hypponen tells us about–and shows us–a variety of malware species, from the earliest PC viruses to today’s high-tech organized crime menace.
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-Multimedia 6.2 Dynamic Media: Beyond the Printed Page 8.7 Social Networks

Social networks and multimedia come together to produce something unique and beautiful

Eric Whitacre’s virtual choir combines social networks and multimedia to create a unique and beautiful new work of collaborative art.
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-Multimedia 11.5 High-Tech Schools 11.7 The High-Tech Home 6.3 From Hypertext to Interactive Multimedia 9.2 Inside the Web

The Web’s Global Art Museum

Many of the greatest works of art are inaccessible to most of the world’s population. In this short TED talk, Google’s Amid Sood demonstrates Art Project, a multimedia web gateway to many of world’s foremost art museums and the treasures they hold.
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-Multimedia 11.5 High-Tech Schools 11.7 The High-Tech Home 5.4 Beyond the Printed Page 6.3 From Hypertext to Interactive Multimedia

A next-generation digital book

Most of the e-books published so far have been on-screen versions of paper books. In this short TED presentation, Mike Matas gives us a peek at the possibilities when digital books combine state-of-the-art interactive multimedia with compelling text.
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-Multimedia 15.6 The Robot Revolution 7.0 The Google Guys Search for Tomorrow Chapter 1 Exploring Our Digital Planet Chapter 15 Is Artificial Intelligence Real? Chapter 7 Database Applications and Privacy Implications

Google’s Driverless Car—A TED Presentation by Sebastian Thrun

Robotic cars aren’t just science fiction fantasies anymore. This short presentation takes you on a road trip in Google’s amazing driverless car as it navigates through crowded city streets and curvy mountain roads. Sebastian Thrun suggests that our roads will be much safer when we let machines do the driving. What do you think?

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