Posts By: Mark Runyon

Blake Echt’s Aaron Swartz Scholarship Essay

by Mark Runyon • May 21, 2015

In regards to ethics, there are two general theories that can be used to discuss the implications of an action, Deontological and Utilitarian ethics: the former is a series of ethical guidelines that override the popular choice (for example, even though the majority would benefit from an unethical action, the right thing to do is […]

Tyrece Simas Aaron Swartz Scholarship Essay

by Mark Runyon • May 21, 2015

“Freedom of speech means freedom for those who you despise, and freedom to express the most despicable views. It also means that the government cannot pick and choose which expressions to authorize and which to prevent” – Alan Dershowitz In many cases, questioning or even challenging a political figure can lead to self-governing values. Over […]

Alyssa Hall’s Hacktivism vs. Distractism Essay

by Mark Runyon • May 21, 2015

The debate over whether or not a certain type of hacking is ethical has been a subject of interest for many years. When one thinks of hacking they automatically think of a suspicious character in a dark room pounding at a keyboard, eyes wide and with a mad scientist laugh. Most people assume that all […]

Robert Paul’s Aaron Swartz Scholarship Essay

by Mark Runyon • May 21, 2015

I think that in both the cases of the PACER documents and the JSTOR documents Swartz was right to release to the public the information that he obtained. The effects of what he did in the first case of PACER is immediately obvious: change occurred and the court systems were forced to amend their policies […]

Paige Clayton’s Aaron Swartz Scholarship Essay

by Mark Runyon • May 21, 2015

The act of protesting is nothing new in our day and age. Protesting has been used for thousands of years to effect change in unfair parts of society – whether it be political, social, economic, etc. Through the years the world has been witness to the various forms of protesting: mass, public-led marches, picket-fence protesting, […]

Michael Howard’s Aaron Swartz Scholarship Entry

by Mark Runyon • May 21, 2015

In the case of Aaron Swartz, I believe that it was ethical for him to breach MIT’s systems. As a college student and a scientist, I believe that scientific and literary journals should be accessible to all people and not just a select few who can pay for them, which is why I think it […]

Justin Camden’s Aaron Swartz Scholarship Entry

by Mark Runyon • May 21, 2015

Aaron Swartz was prosecuted for a crime that not only would he have been justified in committing, but also that he did not actually commit. Furthermore, the Justice Department knew that Swartz was no criminal, yet it decided to press charges anyway in order to serve its own sinister motives. That he was prosecuted at […]

Aaron Swartz Scholarship by Vandelay Web

by Mark Runyon • April 2, 2015

June 1 – The competition was fierce, but at the end two essays rose above the rest to win the 2015 Aaron Swartz Scholarship. I’d like to give a big congratulations to Justin Camden and Tara Clifford. They both made strong arguments as to why Swartz was justified in his actions to free information that […]

Robinhood Invite Code Giveaway

by Mark Runyon • February 6, 2015

It took almost a year, but we were finally called off the waiting list to try the new Robinhood brokerage service. So what is Robinhood? It is basically commission less trading. Without pricy branches and account managers, they can streamline their service price to zero. The investment company is FDIC insured and seems to have […]

Hack Cleanup: Pharma Link Spam Embedded in WordPress

by Mark Runyon • January 17, 2015

A client called us today saying Cialis had taken over his website. Well not literally, but the keeping-it-up drug was suddenly getting prominent ad space in the header of his website just below the search bar. Our client didn’t wake up one morning and decide to start spreading the word about the cure for a […]