Online Collaboration & Brainstorming Tools is a wide ranging category, including thought-organizing tools such as mindmap and bubbl, and our typical collaborative tools with web based interactive whiteboards or the general ones such as Google Documents ("10 Internet Technologies..Be Informed about.").
The goal of collaborative software, which may also be known as groupware, is to transform the way documents and rich media are shared to enable more effective team collaboration. Collaboration, especially in regards to information technology, has being coined several definitions.
Collaboration may be referred to in terms of social networking and engagement but in this case, I refer to collaboration as a form as the ease to communicate, and work both effectively and efficiently in the work-place.
Over summer I worked as an intern within a very large corporation with more than 50 percent of its employees outside the United States.
Technology is more sophisticated than it has ever been. Students, nowadays, show much more interest into the new technology than they have ever been. The use of Digital Gaming is more than ever prevalent, the use of Social Networking has been a power tool in connecting for all students, and Simulations are more widely used than ever before. "Every day, many students spend countless hours immersed in popular technologies-such as Facebook or MySpace, World of Warcraft, or Sim City-which at first glance may seem like a waste of time, and brain cells. But these genres of technologies-Social Networking, Digital Gaming, and Simulations-deserve a second, deeper, look at what's actually going on." These technologies are already demonstrating how they impact the way we think, learn, and interact-and they are also demonstrating the tremendous potential they have in these areas as well (Klopfer et al.).
The emergence of social networking technologies and the evolution of digital games have helped shape the new ways in which people are communicating, collaborating, operating, and forming social constructs. In fact, recent research shows us that these technologies are shaping the way we think, work, and live (Klopfer et al.).
Internet privacy is commonly known to involve the right of personal privacy of which concerns "the storing, repurposing, providing to third-parties, and displaying of information pertaining to oneself through the Internet. Privacy can entail both Personally Identifying Information (PII) or non-PII information such as a site visitor's behavior on a website. PII refers to any information that can be used to identify an individual. For example, age and physical address alone could identify who an individual is without explicitly disclosing their name, as these two factors are unique enough to typically identify a specific person"( "Internet Privacy").
The right to privacy in Internet activity is, indeed, a serious and recent issue facing the society. Some users of the internet would like to shield their identities while participating in serious and delicate discussions of sensitive topics on the internet. Others also fulfill fantasies and role play under the cover of a false identity in chat rooms, of which sometimes accommodate users' privacy. However, there are users of the Internet who make use of anonymous servers as more than a way to avoid responsibility for controversial remarks. In fact, cases of harassment and abuse have become increasingly frequent, as a result of these anonymous users. Problems arise as a result of fraud and scam. In addition, some users are concerned about the information the internet has available, such as the easy access of court records in databases on the internet.
This is indeed true, and individual internet users always gets a personalized view of issues or search results on the internet, which makes them live within a bubble, although the internet may, however, seem like its connecting the whole world and exposing new/opposing ideas. This applies to every internet user including myself. I do believe I live in an online bubble, being fed with customized search results by Google. In addition, specific advertisements customized just for me.
As I once noted, this information creates a simple bubble of which I currently live in, by limiting the ideas and information I am provided with by Google and, in fact, the Internet. Google looks at what kind of computer I use, my browser, and my location, and try to customize my result based on this information. Various Internet users' search result may be compared and be easily noticeable as being different because of the data mining procedures made by Google, in order to customize our results. Companies in the on-demand Internet streaming media business such as Netflix, Hulu, do something very similar to Google. They basically recommend and let movies of which they believe seems very similar to our taste show up on their websites, once we open them. This is a very complex system, but as well, seems very effective to these website companies.