I'm Crowdsourcing My Homework

I'm Crowdsourcing My Homework

I have to write this 10 page history paper and I really need your help.

Hey guys, it's Julian. It's been a rough past couple of weeks. Midterms and papers have just been piling up, you know? I've spent too much time watching Netflix and posting on Yik Yak about watching Netflix and not enough time in the library. It's the usual story. Anyway, here's the deal. I have to write this 10 page history paper and I just really don't have the time. So, I thought to myself, you know what? It's the 21st century. I'm an Internet kind of guy. I have a problem and scarce resources. Let's crowdsource it! Unfortunately, Kickstarter and Indiegogo only have cash donation options, so I'm taking my cause to The Odyssey, since writing an article is another thing I have to do this week and now I'm killing two birds with one stone.

Here's how it's gonna work. I have a few different donation tiers that will come with some cool perks. Each donation tier also includes the perks of all the lower donation tiers. Crowdsourcing! Got it? Good. Okay, here we go.

If you donate a sentence, you will receive proper attribution in the form of a footnote! In case you had the wrong idea before, I'm all about academic honesty. If you think that just because I'm crowdsourcing my essay means I intend to take credit for the work of others, you are closed-minded, my friend. It's 2015. Everyone gets a footnote. MLA, APA, or Turabian per request.

If you donate a paragraph, you will receive a sentence beginning with "Scholars such as [YOUR NAME HERE] have argued that..." I don't care what anyone else says. If you donate a whole paragraph, that makes you a "scholars such as" in my book. This sentence can go before the paragraph that you donate or somewhere else in the essay if you'd prefer.

If you donate a page, you will receive a signed copy of the final paper. That's right, an 8.5" x 11" printed copy of the paper personally signed by both me and my professor! Just for you! The signature can be personalized as you wish. Limit one per patron.

If you donate a mediocre thesis, you will receive a framed, signed copy of the final paper. The thesis can be anywhere from a single sentence to a whole intro paragraph, just so long as it isn't really saying anything new or interesting and shows little more than a rudimentary understanding of the course material. Limit $100 for the frame.

If you donate a strong thesis, you will receive a private reading of the paper. That's right, if your thesis makes a specific and interesting argument that can be supported by both historical facts and arguments from respected historians, I will perform a private reading of the paper just for you! If you'd prefer someone other than me to perform the reading, I will do my best to accommodate this, but I can't make any promises.

So there it is, Internet. I hope I've gotten you guys pumped about this paper. Remember, if everyone pitches in just a little bit, it has the potential of getting at least a B-plus, maybe even an A-minus.

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Is the Deep Web Safe for Teenagers?

The internet, together with modern technologies, is taking over virtually every aspect of everyday life for human beings.

Our kids are getting introduced to web platforms at tender ages and continue to explore their extensive benefits as they grow up. With the internet, they have been able to quickly go through their education systems, develop their communication and even spark up their leisure.

And while this is advantageous, the unfortunate thing is that the internet is not entirely safe. In recent times, it has gradually become more vulnerable to threats that specifically target teenagers.

With this in mind, one significant internet peril—although massively underestimated—is the deep web. Unfortunately, only a few parents and guardians are informed about it compared to their kids, particularly teenagers whose curiosity for going against norms leads to them trying various experimental projects.

This excerpt seeks to provide a broader understating of the problem at hand. Here, you will get to understand “the deep web mystery” and its implications for internet users below 18 years of age.

What is the Deep Web?

There are numerous definitions and phrases surrounding the mysterious non-visible internet, and if you are to understand how it could be dangerous, then it is crucial that you know what it means.

In one of the simplest definitions, the deep web represents every web page which is unidentifiable by standard search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, and the likes. To give you an idea of this concept, you can find a comprehensive, categorized list of deep web links here.

Another commonly-used term associated with the deep web is “the dark web,” which mostly represents sites with illegal content of criminal nature. The dark web, which exists within the deep web, is also the home of various trading platforms that allow users to buy and sell illegal items and services.

In summary, the term “deep” represents online content that is not identifiable using standard search engines. Many sites on the deep web are not nefarious or illegal in nature—in fact, many deep web platforms (outside of the dark web) are meant for legitimate purposes like peer-to-peer communication using various forums or even academic research using databases such as WWW Virtual Library.

But within the deep web is the dark web, which tends to be a comfortable venue for criminal activity. Though many of the sites on the deep web can be visited using standard web browsers such as Chrome and Firefox, they’re also accessible with the software tools inclusive of those used for the dark web.

The Danger in Complete Anonymity

To access the dark web, you need a special software program, namely the Tor Browser. The software allows you to remain anonymous online. Tor prevents a third party from being able to know your identity or online behaviors, including your location, the sites you visit and even the messages you send. And while this sounds remarkable, it is the reason why kids want to access the deep web.

Unknown to them is the looming danger that they’ll be exposed to malicious users on the other end looking to exploit unsuspecting visitors. This danger is particularly rampant on the dark web.

The aspect of anonymity attracts all forms of illegal and illegitimate activities including hacking, cyber-bullying, drug dealing, fraud, among others. In reality, it is impossible to quantify the degree and types of threats underage kids can get lured into when they’re browsing the dark web.

Illegal Access to Drugs

Imagine being able to go online, buy drugs (even illegal) and have them directly delivered to your doorstep. This is not some fancy joke, but a blatant reality on the deep web. Sites on the dark web in particular, such as the infamous Silk Road market, allow users to access and purchase all sorts of illegal drugs and have them delivered while maintaining their anonymity.

Minors with the ability to bypass the typical barriers to the deep web have unlimited access to a flurry of potential destructive and illegal drugs. And considering the number of scammers and malicious individuals also using the network, it is unimaginable what would happen if such cases went undetected.

Child Exploitative Content

Possibly the most unsettling thing about the deep web is the numerous cases of child abuse. Although the contraband and drug activities make up for most of the events within the dark web scene, it is horrifying to what extent the deep web also promotes despicable acts of child abuse.

And what’s even more worrying, one study found that more than 80 percent of the users accessing dark websites using Tor visited websites associated with the pedophilic content.

Summary: What’s the Prognosis?

As awareness of the deep and dark web continues to grow, its popularity is also following a similar trend. Unfortunately, this may subsequently push more kids to search for ways to access and explore it.

And while the deep web can also be beneficial for anyone looking for information that isn’t available on standard internet platforms, it should only be accessed by users who can completely discern their actions.

It is advised that parents and guardians take an active role in finding out what their kids are doing online and set boundaries on what they are accessing. Even so, there is a need to create awareness about the dark web and its impact—this serves a purpose to educate teenagers about its existence while also minimizing the mystery and anonymity behind it.

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Health and wellness sector stares at touching $233.3 billion mark by the end of 2020. This is well illustrated by the rise in the awareness of the people who turn to using mobile applications focussing on particular sports like cycling, boxing, football or simple routine fitness exercises like jogging and running. 2016 witnessed as many as 3.2 million downloads for the mhealth apps. 

Insurance sector has joined in to motivate users for wellness and offer incentives to adopt healthy choices as it directly benefits them. For example- Vitality, a UK based insurance company among many others have started this new trend, Lympo does that for you and so much more in terms of removing middlemen, owning and sharing the data and getting paid in its own cryptocurrency, LYM tokens,ryptocurrencies like for maintaining your health.

Until now, your data would be locked with one provider without allowing you to integrate it, aggregate it and use it for your own benefits. Furthermore, you are most probably only able to share your fitness achievements with your friends on social media, but not with your physical therapist or even a doctor. The promise that the whole healthcare sector will benefit from the user-generated data did not come true yet.

Now, this calls for a change! Lympo will allow you to store your data from a wide range of health and fitness apps and wearables and use the latest Blockchain technology to reward users for the achieved healthy lifestyle goals. These tokens that represent a digital asset like Bitcoin, can be further used to get other services in the Lympo ecosystem and from its partners, for example, healthy food or sports clothes.

Through the features of the Lympo app you can have a complete control over who can access your data and for how much. This not only provides you with security for the sensitive health related issues but also offers you to feel motivated to take part in the promotional events like running 5 km race and get paid in the form of Lympo tokens.These token can be used anytime to pay for gym trainer on the platform or a session with a physical therapist. 

The one major benefit of using the Lympo app technology is that you can collect and share all your data at any place and to any one you like and have a complete picture for your body fitness unlike the apps which separately monitor different aspects of your health and do not bother giving you a full picture and have no data sharing facilities as well which even successful apps like Sweatcoin were not able to do. Sweatcoin has an app of its own while Lympo provides you with the facility to store and control the data flow from the apps and wearables you already use. Also, Lympo offers you money for a whole lot of fitness and running exercises unlike many specific apps like Sweatcoin which only measure steps. 

Thus, the Lympo app provides you with a lot of additional facilities and the motivation to get healthier is the biggest of them all. As the user size for the platform increases, Lympo CEO Ada Jonuse feels that the health brands will be joining the platform to sell their health and sports products and services using the Lympo tokens. That will be a great motivator for the Lympo users as they would be directly able to trade their wellness achievements for getting health supplements or fitness advises. 

Read more on www.Lympo.io 

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