Pecha Kucha Reflection

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During this slide I introduced US v Jones which judged the use of warrantless¬†GPS tracking. The image depicts one of these devices and shows the audience something they’d normally never be familiar with. Having a person hold the tracker in their hands makes gives the picture a sense of scale. Illustrating something that is normally completely foreign really helps viewers place a kind of “face” on the device.

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I¬†tried to use the picture of Steve Jobs to drive home the point of how fast technology has evolved. I talked about the implications of the loopholes in the Supreme Court decision during this slide. The consequences of this case are far scarier when placed in context of rapidly evolving technology and the adoption of smartphones in our daily lives. The picture of Steve Jobs introducing the first iPhone really dates the events of 2005 that were the core of this case. It doesn’t seem obviously old until closer inspection. The design of the first iPhone really stands out as dated compared to the new design trends of recent iPhones and smartphones.

I was considering doing a presentation on NSA surveillence as a whole but it seemed like an overdone topic. But I still wanted to do something related to that field because its something that I find really important to me personally as well as to the functioning of society. I found this topic when I read an article on Stingray Trackers on WIRED and Ars Technica. The completely unregulated nature of the devices and their blatent disregard for personal privacy really caught my attention and drove me to read more about the topic. My research on this topic actually extended far beyond the actual Stingray Tracker itself and led to US v. Jones as well. It was really fortunate that the two examples tied together nicely because I thought that it’d be two somewhat unrelated topics. It was awesome to realize that the implications of US v. Jones were directly related to and somewhat enabled the usage of Stingray Trackers.

The first thing that I did to make my Pecha Kucha presentation was make an outline and then write a script. Rather than talk off a sheet of talking points I decided to craft a carefully written script so that when I presented I had nothing to worry about than reading. Personally I find it hard to think and talk at the same time when presenting so I spent a lot of time fleshing out the script. I practiced a couple times as well but I think the most helpful strategy was carefully writing and timing the what I was going to say for each slide. The 20 second per slide pacing prevented me from writing any long rambling rants and kept the script a a steady (hopefully not boring) pace, driving one point after another home.

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