Computer hackers are often associated with data breaches but there is a breed of hackers out there using their powers for good. Through platforms like HackerOne, ‘White Hat’ hackers are using their hacking skills to expose vulnerabilities rather than exploit them and getting paid money to do so.
People tend to have negative views of how Big Tech handles data privacy, with many feeling confused by complicated data policies and concerned about a lack of control. Facebook's defeat in a lawsuit, resulting in a hefty fine, may go some way to shift people’s perceptions of privacy.
The global coronavirus pandemic and ensuing lockdown has created a multitude of technological solutions that could impinge on rights to privacy in the long-term. How are Britons dealing with this new level of surveillance and what does this shift in behaviour mean for the future?
They may be the communication form of choice for many digital natives, but do young people recognise the civic power of memes and hashtags? Canvas8 spoke to Dr. Paul Mihailidis to learn how teens relate to these online ecosystems and the impact of digital interventions on their attitudes.
Tamagotchis – the handheld digital pets beloved by kids of the 90s – were adored in part for their uselessness. But Russian hackers have revamped the gadget so that ‘feeding’ the digi-pet requires hacking – enabling people to dote on a pixelated entity while buffing up their cyber skills in the process.