Author Archives: Alex Grant
Author Archives: Alex Grant
Your IP Address is: 22.214.171.124
Based on your IP Address, we can make some educated guesses or assumptions about where you currently are in the world:
Your Current City based off of your IP: Ashburn
The Country Your IP Address is registered in: United States
Your Longitude: -77.4728
Your Latitude: 39.0481
Your Time Zone: America/New_York
An IP (short for “Internet Protocol”) address is a unique number assigned to every machine that connects to the internet. Nowadays, you can have multiple computers behind a router that share a single IP using Network Address Transformation (NAT). If you have ever used a wifi hotspot to access the internet, you’ve shared an IP address with someone.
It’s complex, but it boils down to it’s a numbers thing. IP4 was created when the internet was young, and they started running out of numbers. Think of IP6 as adding more numbers to a telephone number or a zip code, or a new area code.
There’s a giant database out there that contains all of the IP address ranges and their approximate locations. (Ours uses GeoLite2 City database (updated monthly), for example). They in turn get their information from the main repositories of IP Addresses (ARIN/APNIC/AFRINIC/LACNIC/RIPE, depending on where you are in the world). When you request IP Addresses from the repositories, you need to let them know approximately where those addresses will be. Additionally, many internet providers (for example, Comcast) will provide additional information on specific IP Addresses if you query their whois service. So, in a nutshell, all this information is public, and someone just goes and sucks it up into a database. Think of it like a reverse phone book or something.
Also – we have a great little demo of how in-browser geolocation works in HTML.
This decade, advances in communications technology and the ubiquity of the internet have pushed the issues of digital rights and privacy from out of the realm of niche technological fields and into the forefront of daily life for everyone with a mobile phone or a social media account.
If you have ever logged onto Facebook or performed a Google search, news stories regarding the NSA PRISM surveillance program and Cambridge Analytica scandal should have you rightly concerned about governmental and corporate threats to your online privacy and data protection.
However, news about digital rights and online privacy issues comes out at a rapid clip, with policy decisions and governmental regulation ever changing in the face of evolving threats and technology.
In order to educate internet users on these related topics, and point would-be activists in the right direction, we’ve compiled this comprehensive list of organizations dedicated to advocating for digital rights and policy in the United States and around the world, as well as a list of guides, apps, and other great resources allowing people to enhance their internet security and avoid falling prey to online surveillance and the actions of bad actors on the web.
All of the links are up to date, and most organizations’ websites provide easy instruction on how you can participate in their campaigns or support them financially.
There’s no feeling like the trepidation one experiences at the outset of a large research project. Where does one begin? What is the best sequence of steps to take in completing the research? Using the internet to do research poses some issues: while it may seem that having so much information at one’s fingertips should make academic research a less time-consuming endeavor, the sheer amount of stuff out there can make it hard to know which sources to fully trust.
In this guide, we’ll explain the most efficient way to conduct online research, how to assess the legitimacy of sources, how to cite them the correct way, and conclude with a broad list of resources spanning a multitude of fields. No sense in getting lost in the quest for citation-worthy academic sources, it’s all right there in front of you..
The research topic you choose has a huge effect on the outcome of your assignment: select a topic that’s broad and well trodden and there will be little to distinguish your work from others, while if you select a topic that’s too obscure, and it will be a struggle to gather relevant research.
The correct path lies in the middle ground: the right balance of background resource availability and uniqueness.
Here’s a sequence of steps to get you on your way:
First of all, for general searches, always use Google. Unless you are in China where the site is banned and you do not have a VPN subscription (in which case, you’ll have to use Bing), Google will bring you the best results.
A few tips on improving your Google searches:
Of course, if you are looking for academic resources, i.e., psychological studies, mathematics papers, etc., a Google search won’t cut it. You’ll have to choose an academic search site focused on a specific field of study. Quite a few of these websites are listed below, sorted by field.
Over twenty years into its existence, there’s still a bit of a “wild west” feel to much of the internet, where a lot of information presented as credible is actually inaccurate, or from dubious sources with certain agendas.
Generally, if you stick to the databases and archives listed below, and cite from peer-reviewed sources, you’ll be okay. To be sure of the credibility of a source, Google search it to gather background information that can verify its legitimacy.
Another thing to avoid is predatory open access publishers running low quality journals that charge fees to hopeful authors without granting them the resources or clout associated with legitimate journals. Using sources from these types of publishers begets an unethical practice.
Go here to find a list of predatory journals.
When you use information from a source in your work, even if it’s paraphrased (phrasing the information using your own words), you must cite it, or else what you are doing qualifies as plagiarism.
Best to err on the safe side: some professors are extremely strict about plagiarism, and being accused of the practice can have serious consequences, including suspension or even expulsion.. When in doubt--even if the material reads like general background information--cite your source.
Furthermore, you should be careful about reusing material from previous essays you’ve written. Self-plagiarism is a real thing, and if you repeat yourself without citing the previous work, you are guilty of it.
Run your work through this free plagiarism checker to be sure you are in the clear.
When citing sources in your work, it’s important to be consistent and stick to a specific citation style throughout the work. Likely, your teacher or professor will prefer one of three main styles be utilized. These styles are the American Psychological Association (APA), Modern Language Association (MLA) and Chicago styles. The rules for each of these styles is extensive, and citations will vary based on the type of source cited. It’s best to follow a thorough guide for each. Here’s one for each style:
This list of research databases and other helpful sources should be a boon to any young researcher. Some sites require a subscription (which may be granted to you simply for being a student), while others are free for anyone to use.
The BRIT Awards, the UK’s answer to the Grammy’s, is a sensational awards show honoring the best popular music from the previous year both from Britain and from around the globe. Airing every year in February, the BRITs always feature some of the top names in the UK music industry, both as presenters and performers.
Over the years, some of the most exciting and memorable moments in British pop culture history have occurred during the BRIT Awards, including the last public appearance of legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in 1990, the skimpy Union Jack dress worn by the Spice Girls’ Geri Halliwell during a 1997 performance, and Adele stealing the 2011 show with a solo performance of her hit, “Someone Like You”, a moment which subsequently lit social media on fire.
Basically, anything can happen during the BRITs, which is why music fans won’t want to miss next year’s upcoming broadcast. However, that might be a bit of an issue for those outside of the UK, where the BRITs are broadcast annually on ITV. While ITV is available through cable providers in Ireland--and a couple of European countries such as Switzerland--the rest of the world won’t be able to view the BRITs through the UK channel.
Fortunately, those hoping to catch the BRITs from outside the UK have another option, and that’s using a VPN to bypass regional restrictions and stream ITV live online or through their ITV Hub app.
That’s where subscribing to a VPN (virtual private network) comes in. By purchasing a subscription to a VPN provider, you’ll be able to use their service to route your internet connection through servers around the world. Connecting to remote servers in different countries actually makes it seem as if you are logging on from those countries, as you are granted a local IP address. This allows VPN users to bypass geoblocking and connect to streaming services exclusive to certain nations and regions.
By now you might have connected the dots: a VPN will allow you to connect to a server within the UK and sign up to stream ITV live, granting you access to the next BRIT Awards broadcast.
Bypassing regional restrictions isn’t the only advantage to using a VPN, logging on through one will also provide you with advanced privacy and security by veiling your actual location, and encrypting the data that you send and receive from websites. This is especially helpful when you sign on from public networks like at a hostel or cafe where you are vulnerable to attacks from hackers. Finally, why they aren’t free, most VPNs are quite affordable, usually less than $10 a month, and occasionally below $5 a month if you agree to a long term subscription.
There aren’t too many steps involved in setting yourself up to stream the BRIT Awards. All you’ll need is a little patience and enough money for a VPN subscription (or just take advantage of a free trial offer).
The British Academy of Film and Television Awards, or BAFTA Film Awards for short, is the U.K.’s answer to the Academy Awards. The annual televised ceremony honors the best films and performances of the previous year. While the awards show doesn’t get much attention in the U.S., the BAFTA Film Awards is an equally prestigious and storied event--if a slightly stripped down affair--and taking home a BAFTA holds a ton of weight in the film industry.
Of course, the show has a more British-centric focus than its American counterpart, with more nominations given to films produced by U.K production companies and performance nominations more frequently go to British actors. However, Hollywood maintains a strong presence, with the past six BAFTA winners being primarily American productions.
Film buffs definitely will not want to miss the BAFTA Film Awards, which airs Sunday, February 10th, 2019. Unfortunately, if you live outside of the UK in a region that does not air the awards show, you will have to use other means in order to view the broadcast.
Unlike the Academy Awards, the BAFTAs do not have as many networks around the world broadcasting the ceremony. There’s a good chance you live somewhere without any streaming or broadcasting options.
However, that doesn’t mean you doomed to miss the live BAFTA Film Awards broadcast. Using a VPN service allows you to connect to servers worldwide, and gives a local IP address within that country. As far as websites and streaming services are concerned, you are actually logging on to the internet from whichever country the server is located within. That means you’ll be able to overcome annoying geographical restrictions on award shows and sporting events. VPNs also offer state-of-the-art protection from hacking, surveillance, and other threats you may face when browsing the internet.
The BAFTA Film Awards airs on BBC One each year, and those in the UK can also stream BBC One live through the BBC iPlayer, an app that also offers access a ton of other great content. While technically those outside of the UK are not permitted to use the app, by simply subscribing to a VPN service and connecting to a server within the region, you’ll be able to register an account and stream the BAFTA Film Awards live via the BBC One stream.
The steps required in using a VPN to stream the BAFTA’s take no great effort, and are as follows:
Having servers located in the UK is the most important requirement that you’ll need out of a VPN in order to stream the BAFTA Film Awards, but that isn’t the only thing that should you concern you when you’re shopping around for a VPN.
As their popularity is booming these days, the VPN market has become highly competitive, and each service offers a unique package that tailors to certain needs. We think the three below are some of the best for streaming the BAFTAs due to their servers in the UK and high speed capability perfect for streaming HD video.