Ever since my laptop was stolen last year (RIP beloved MacBook Pro) I’ve wholeheartedly jumped on the cloud computing wagon. Cloud computing is simply online storage of whatever files you would generally just save to your hard drive or server. For instance, Dropbox allows me to save up to 2 GB of whatever I wish on its server by simply dragging and dropping any important files to the Dropbox icon I’ve installed on my desktop.
My new, beloved MacBook Pro #2 is equipped with not one but two cloud computing programs that automatically backup almost every file I ever download or create. But, as the two articles below point out, this newest technological “saviour” has its downsides. Every new technology (and we should think of technology not as things, stuff but as a process, a way of doing things) is hailed by forward thinkers as the greatest thing since sliced bread. But my fields – both communications and journalism – have taught me to always question before blindly accepting anything as the be-all-and-end-all.
We are surrounded by technology, by different man-made processes for doing things everywhere we go all the time. I guess this is just a long-winded tangent to remind us to step back and contemplate how much we let ourselves need the tools at our disposal.
“A storm forming in the computing cloud”
“Calling the Internet police”
Oh, also…what about security? No, I don’t have any state secrets in the files I’ve saved to the cloud (except perhaps that stockpile of embarrassing pics I’m saving for my siblings weddings), but I haven’t really seen much discussion about protecting the security of people’s private information – especially as more and more people turn to cloud computing.