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Erika Nilsson’s Aaron Swartz Scholarship Essay

by Mark Runyon • May 21, 2015

When I was little, my brother got in trouble for sharing some sensitive information about a fellow student in class. This student was, in fact, cheating on one of the tests and because this exam was weighted, the cheater could have ruined everyone’s grades while propping up his own. My brother thought that he would […]


Blake Echt’s Aaron Swartz Scholarship Essay

by Mark Runyon • May 21, 2015

In regards to ethics, there are two general theories that can be used to discuss the implications of an action, Deontological and Utilitarian ethics: the former is a series of ethical guidelines that override the popular choice (for example, even though the majority would benefit from an unethical action, the right thing to do is […]


Tyrece Simas Aaron Swartz Scholarship Essay

by Mark Runyon • May 21, 2015

“Freedom of speech means freedom for those who you despise, and freedom to express the most despicable views. It also means that the government cannot pick and choose which expressions to authorize and which to prevent” – Alan Dershowitz In many cases, questioning or even challenging a political figure can lead to self-governing values. Over […]


Alyssa Hall’s Hacktivism vs. Distractism Essay

by Mark Runyon • May 21, 2015

The debate over whether or not a certain type of hacking is ethical has been a subject of interest for many years. When one thinks of hacking they automatically think of a suspicious character in a dark room pounding at a keyboard, eyes wide and with a mad scientist laugh. Most people assume that all […]


Robert Paul’s Aaron Swartz Scholarship Essay

by Mark Runyon • May 21, 2015

I think that in both the cases of the PACER documents and the JSTOR documents Swartz was right to release to the public the information that he obtained. The effects of what he did in the first case of PACER is immediately obvious: change occurred and the court systems were forced to amend their policies […]


Paige Clayton’s Aaron Swartz Scholarship Essay

by Mark Runyon • May 21, 2015

The act of protesting is nothing new in our day and age. Protesting has been used for thousands of years to effect change in unfair parts of society – whether it be political, social, economic, etc. Through the years the world has been witness to the various forms of protesting: mass, public-led marches, picket-fence protesting, […]


Michael Howard’s Aaron Swartz Scholarship Entry

by Mark Runyon • May 21, 2015

In the case of Aaron Swartz, I believe that it was ethical for him to breach MIT’s systems. As a college student and a scientist, I believe that scientific and literary journals should be accessible to all people and not just a select few who can pay for them, which is why I think it […]


Justin Camden’s Aaron Swartz Scholarship Entry

by Mark Runyon • May 21, 2015

Aaron Swartz was prosecuted for a crime that not only would he have been justified in committing, but also that he did not actually commit. Furthermore, the Justice Department knew that Swartz was no criminal, yet it decided to press charges anyway in order to serve its own sinister motives. That he was prosecuted at […]


How to Block Referrer Spam and Ghost Traffic from Google Analytics

by Claire Vukcevic • May 16, 2015

In a nutshell, referral spam is when bogus referral traffic is sent to a website or product. There are two main categories of referral spam; web crawlers (bots) and ghost referral traffic. Web crawlers are robots that visit your website with the sole aim of indexing the content. Your Google Analytics account will catch most […]


Why Flash Design is Crippling Your Website and Driving Away Customers

by Claire Vukcevic • May 12, 2015

It Gets in Your Customer’s Way Your customers come to your website with a problem in need of solving. They are looking for information, contact details, a price quote, description of services, and so on. But if they have to sit and wait for a 4-minute flash presentation to load and run, then you are […]