Bitcoin: An Enigma?

Deputy Current Affairs Editor Aditi Udayabhaskar explores the cryptic currency that is bitcoin. Only a hermit living in a dark cave could have missed the story that Bitcoin hit $10,000 in December. Many of us know precious little about the bitcoin – that it is a cryptocurrency, and pretty valuable at that, is common knowledge at this point. But do we know its history, and … Continue reading Bitcoin: An Enigma?

The Noisy 21st Century

How do we distinguish between speech that harms and speech that sparks debate? Alice O’Brien examines the divide The motivational speaker Tony Gaskins once said, “arguing isn’t communication, it’s noise.” No debate has been louder than the 21st century favourite: hate speech vs free speech.  It is a bone of contention that pokes its head into every news story, amplifies every political move and sparks … Continue reading The Noisy 21st Century

WHAT ABOUT US? THE MEDIA’S FORGOTTEN STORIES

 By Aditi Udayabhaskar Christmas is a time for family, friends and lots of love. We often take our cushy, warm homes for granted during the festive season, but seldom do we spare a moment to consider those less fortunate than us – why would we, anyway? After all, the media is so very selective in the content it showcases. We are privy only to a … Continue reading WHAT ABOUT US? THE MEDIA’S FORGOTTEN STORIES

Big Data: Big Fear?

Where should we draw the line with data analytics, asks Aditi Udayabhaskar We know all too well the spiral of a YouTube spree – just one video, you think, until you find yourself watching advertisements on Brennan’s bread some two hours later thinking, how did I get here? Yep, we can all relate. Whilst this is a great way to procrastinate, it also is a subtle … Continue reading Big Data: Big Fear?

In Numbers: Terrorism 2016

A statistical analysis of terrorism in 2016 by Current Affairs Editor Hassan Baker. The news is a constant bombardment of death counts, mostly credited to terrorism. The question that’s rarely asked is; what is terrorism? The United States Department of Defense defines terrorism as “the calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments … Continue reading In Numbers: Terrorism 2016