About: Eric Franzo

Recent Posts by Eric Franzo

Spanning the immigration divide

With the rapid spread of communication tools enabling a free-form flow of ideas and opinions, the American public is perhaps more vocal now than at any other time in history. When these public opinions are parlayed into political discourse, the rhetoric can feel emotionally charged and heated. The latest long-running issue reaching this precipitous slope of loud, often-times incomplete and mechanistic outrage is immigration reform, or in this case, a general lack thereof. Over 321 protests took place over the July 19 weekend, with protesters citing that an estimated 55,000 children have entered the United States illegally since the spring. According to protest organizers, this is “the largest coordinated protest against all forms of amnesty, comprehensive immigration reform, and the government’s failure to enforce immigration laws and secure our borders.”

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Beware of the Heartbleed bug

Heartbleed. It’s a word that almost instantly became synonymous with unprotected software and malicious attacks. We live in a world where the lifeblood of communication, productivity, and innovation relies heavily upon the interconnectivity of machines. Amoral electrical impulses flood our world with data and knowledge, with the moral use of those signals lying solely with the user. Herein lies the greatest challenge to modern day computing: known as blackhat hackers, these netizens carry the unique distinction of causing mayhem online, whether through identity theft, website defacement, or sailing the burgeoning seas of bitcoin theft. Heartbleed is the most recent high-profile bug, and one which allows hackers to carry out malicious attacks on unsuspecting companies and users.

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How to protect your digital privacy from NSA intrusion

On June 5, 2013, Edward Snowden released classified NSA documents, causing ripples of distrust and anger to not only boil up within America, but throughout the world. Since the news broke, many have wondered what it means for the average individual. Should you be worried? Or does it even really matter, because you have nothing to hide . . . right? Those debates will sift through the public discourse in one form or another. But while those arguments rage on, let’s take a look at how using a few simple tools can help protect your right to privacy in the digital age.

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