Thursday, May 2, 2019

COMP7004 Class 12.3

No students turned up. 

In light of this week’s attendance there seems to be little point in scheduling classes for next week. If anyone has any questions or issues please email me and we can arrange to meet.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Monday, April 29, 2019

Thursday, April 11, 2019

COMP7004 Class 11.3

At the start of class I asked if anyone had any questions on foot of the exam. There were none.



We watched Black Mirror: Arkangel

Only one student was prepared sit and watch it. Everyone else found one screen did not provide sufficient stimulation.

We had an interesting discussion afterwards.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

COMP7004 Class 11.2

One two students came to class. They were only there to get some assessment results, so in the end we didn't watch the video. We discusses the essay for about 10 minutes minutes and left.

Monday, April 8, 2019

COMP7004 Class 11.1



We watched Black Mirror: Nosedive. Afterwards in our discussion one student drew parallel with the system is use in the show, with the social ratings system in use in China that we saw earlier in the semester.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

COMP7004 Class 10.3

We had an in-class exam. Results will be available next week hopefully

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

COMP7004 Class 10.2 Cancelled

We had no class. I had to be somewhere else

Monday, April 1, 2019

COMP7004 Class 10.1

We looked at the Uniform Dispute Resolution Procedure (UDRP) for domain names.

The interesting local are we found was WIPO Case No. D2001-1187

Thursday, March 28, 2019

COMP7004 Class 09.3

Gerry & Ciaran gave a presentation: RFID & Privacy

Ciaran & Mark gave a presentation: Net Neutrality

Fayaz & Kevin gave a presentation: The Filter Bubble

There was time at the end of the class for about 2 unscheduled presentations. But there were no takers.

I gave some advice of the essays on foot of what I had seen in the representations. I put a recording of that on Canvas.

There will be no class next Wednesday.

Don't forget the exam is on Thursday.

COMP7004 Class 09.2

Tuguldur & Geraldine gave a presentation: AirB&B is Killing Communities

Sam & Dave gave a presentation: Morality of AI

Cathal gave a Presentation: Facebook Blurs the Boundaries be Public and Private Spaces

At the end of there for time for an additional presentation. I offered the time to anyone who wanted to give a presentation, but there were no takers.

Monday, March 25, 2019

COMP7004 Class 09.1

Sharon & Will gave a presentation on The Algorithm Prison.

Only 2 of today's presentation slots were booked.

I used the time to talk about patents and trademarks.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

COMP7004 Class 08.2

Monday was holiday. There was no class.




Today we watched Black Mirror: Man Against Fire.

We discussed how filters on our perception of the world can be used to manipulate us and drew parallels with Facebook and Google.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

COMP7004 Class 07.2

We continued our look at the GDPR.

We will move on from this topic after this week whether we are finished or not.

Monday, March 11, 2019

COMP7004 Class 07.1

We began our look at the GDPR.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

COMP7004 Class 06.3

We looked at privacy and data protection.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

COMP7004 Class 06.2






Movie morning was not a huge success.  That concludes our discussion of the DDR.

Was Hänschen nicht lernte, lernt Hans nimmermehr.

Monday, March 4, 2019

COMP7004 Class 06.1






We watched the first 50 minute Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others).  This depicts life in the DDR in the late1980s.

I had hoped that we would watch the entire movie over two classes, but it is much longer than I remembered it.  And it is 

m u c h  s l o w e r.

In the next class we will watch the last 40 minutes or so.  We will skip the middle.  This time will give us some time for discussion.


Some students expressed concern after class that I had not warned them in advance of the content.  The last segment of the movie depicts a woman running in front of a truck and dying.


I was asked if we could cancel Wednesday's class because students have very little else on that day.  But I'm not able to do that.  So I hope to see you there.













Deutschland '83 is a very entertaining series available to stream for free on Channel 4 that deals with same period.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

COMP7004 Class 05.3




We tried to tease out on the board what is meant by "Privacy". We decided that there are public spaces and private spaces, such as home.  We also discussed how there are public places where there is an expectation of privacy, notwithstanding that the space is public.








We figured that privacy is mostly about control over what about us is revealed and to whom.

Colin argued that as well as valuing privacy for itself, we must recognise that privacy is required for other things that we might want to do.  And that although privacy is a right of individuals, a society a large needs to support privacy if it is to achieve its objectives.  This was a harder sell.

We discussed how technology can blur the binary between private and public spaces.