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Digital Media and Society

RESEARCH TOPICS.

SELECT ONE TOPIC


Select one of the 12 research topics below and complete ALL THREE sections: 

Topic 1: Digital Media as a Distraction (Week 1)
Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier – Chapter 1: Distracted by Everything PBS Online Video Documentary Series – Chapter 1 (00:00 – 08:28 minutes) https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/digitalnation/

Topic 2: The Use of Digital and Social Media in Politics
 (Week 2)
(Smartphone political ads target non-political events to talk directly to voters, one by one (web page) https://www.meadvilletribune.com/news/local_news/smartphone-political-ads-target-non-political-events-to-talk-directly/article_e5f0eeeb-f7ee-5c28-8b10-343996ab45a1.html.


Topic 3: Virtual Worlds and Their Impact on Society
 (Week 3)
Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier- Chapter 7 Virtual Worlds PBS Online Video Documentary Series – Start the video then Navigate to Chapter 7 (52:05 – 1:01:26) https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/digitalnation/.

Topic 4: Fake News (Week 3)
Fake News Vs Real News (PBS Online video) https://www.pbs.org/video/fake-news-vs-real-news-ltadaw/.

Topic 5: The Digital Divide (Week 6)
Digital Divides 2016 | Pew Research Center  http://www.pewinternet.org/topics/digital-divide/2017
Small towns join forces to bridge the digital divide (YouTube video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txMijyHgAyg.

Topic 6: E-commerce (Week 7)
How Amazon Controls E-commerce: Amazon.com the Hidden empire
: (online slideshow – 84 slides) https://techcrunch.com/2011/05/11/how-amazon-controls-ecommerce-slides/.

SECTION 1: SELECT ONE TOPIC FROM THE 6 TOPICS LISTED ABOVE

Answer the questions below:
Item 1: Which topic did you select?
Item 2: Why does this topic appeal to you?

NOTE 1: Section 1 should be the shortest section of your paper (10-15%).

ECTION 2: SUMMARIZE THE TOPIC YOU SELECTED USING CLASS RESOURCES
Discuss your topic as presented in class. 
This is a summary of all the resources used in class relating to the topic including online discussions.
Item 1: Summarize the information on the topic as presented in the class, using the Read & Watch resources AND any classroom discussion (online or f2f) of the topic.


Item 2: Is the topic you selected relevant in a course on digital and social media?
 Whether you answer yes or no, justify your answer.

Section 2 Sources:
 Include the
 source(s)
 as an in-paper citation and on your References page.

NOTE 2: Section 2 should comprise (30-40%) of your paper.

SECTION 3: CONDUCT ADDITIONAL RESEARCH ON THE TOPIC

Provide additional information on the topic you selected by locating ONE new resource (in addition to the resources provided in class) to expand your knowledge of the topic.


Item 1:
 What additional source did you find on the topic you selected?
Item 2: Why is the source you found (a) relevant, (b) credible, (c) accurate, and (d) unbiased based on what you learned from 


UMGC’s Guide to Evaluating Research Sources

? Address a-d in your answer.
Item 3:
 What new information did the source contribute to the topic as presented in class?


Section 3 Source:
 Include at least ONE 
SOURCE
 related to your topic that has NOT been presented, discussed, or posted in the weekly Read & Watch in class or posted in the topic list above. Include this source as in-paper citation and include it on your References page.
NOTE 3: Section 3 should comprise the majority of your paper (45-60%). This is where your primary focus should be.

Length: Minimum of 1,000
(Title page, Reference page, and direct quotes do not count toward the total word count). 
NOTE 4: 
Going over 1,500 words is fine, but if you are under 900 words you will be penalized (10%).

Your References page must be APA formatted.

Current Trends and Projects in Computer Networks and Cybersecurity.

Part 4: Machine Learning and Data Analytics

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· Describe the concepts of machine learning and data analytics and how applying them to cybersecurity will evolve the field.

· Are there companies providing innovative defensive cybersecurity measures based on these technologies? If so, what are they? Would you recommend any of these to the CTO?

Part 5: Using Machine Learning and Data Analytics to Prevent APT

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· Describe how machine learning and data analytics could have detected and/or prevented the APT you analyzed had the victim organization deployed these technologies at the time of the event. Be specific.