Scott Dewing http://ijpr.org en A Horde Of Digital Hoarders http://ijpr.org/post/horde-digital-hoarders <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In his essay “The Morality of Things,” the late writer Bruce </span>Chatwin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> asserted, “All civilizations are by their very nature ‘thing-oriented’ and the main problem of their stability has been to devise new equations between the urge to amass things and the urge to be rid of them.”</span></p><p>Chatwin was obsessed with things. Before emerging as a prominent and much-celebrated travel writer with a keen sensibility for place, Chatwin worked as an art dealer at Sotheby’s where he became an expert in Impressionist art.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:04:27 +0000 Scott Dewing 15031 at http://ijpr.org A Horde Of Digital Hoarders Tinder Is The Night http://ijpr.org/post/tinder-night <p style="margin-left:.25in;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Someday I’m going to find</span></p><p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">somebody and love him and</span></p><p style="margin-left:.25in;">love him and never let him go.”</p><p style="margin-left:45.0pt;">‑from <em>Tender Is The Night</em><br />by F. Scott Fitzgerald</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 22:30:39 +0000 Scott Dewing 13272 at http://ijpr.org Tinder Is The Night Toward A Secure Internet http://ijpr.org/post/toward-secure-internet <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he Internet was not designed with security in mind. It was developed by computer scientists, most who knew one another personally, with the goal of interconnecting computers (at the time, large mainframes) and moving data back and forth. Security adds a layer of complexity and the task before them was complex enough. Sun, 02 Feb 2014 00:36:00 +0000 Scott Dewing 7172 at http://ijpr.org Toward A Secure Internet Shattered Windows http://ijpr.org/post/shattered-windows <p>An “operating system” is what underlies all the various digital devices you use on a daily basis. Without it, your smartphone, computer, or tablet is just a collection of silicon, plastic, various metals, and some glass. The operating system, or OS, is the software that allows these otherwise inanimate objects to come to life. Other applications hum along on top of the OS. Without it, these apps are just a collection of code that can do nothing.</p><p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 00:19:06 +0000 Scott Dewing 5540 at http://ijpr.org Shattered Windows Frankenstein, Tinfoil Hats, And The NSA http://ijpr.org/post/frankenstein-tinfoil-hats-and-nsa <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">E</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">very new technology is a Frankenstein. Once it is created it is no longer in the control of its creator and once released into the world, it may behave in ways the creator never intended. That’s not to say that all new technologies are monsters; rather, it’s to point out the inherent duality in every new technology to be both good and bad. To put it simply: technology is not neutral.</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 23:40:33 +0000 Scott Dewing 730 at http://ijpr.org Frankenstein, Tinfoil Hats, And The NSA