Platforms and Permissions on Skype

Skype has created new platforms in order to expand its software capabilities as well as make worldwide communication more accessible. However, through this push for greater possibilities Skype has gained the personal information of its users of their usage of the software and it is a question of whether the privacy of their users is withheld.

The shift in digital economies opens up new possibilities for Skype. This allows Skype users to call and text through the software at cheaper prices. Jenkins (2004) believes that content on line will still be free but more will come at a cost. Skype, although is not selling content, is allowing its users to have the ability to communicate in the privacy of your own home through wireless internet connection as well as through phone services on the go. This broadens their digital economy by allowing Skype users creates new freedoms within the software and begins the commercialization of cyber technologies while still allowing users to use a parts of its technology for free.

How much of the information you share can be tracked by Skype? Is it helping communication worldwide become bigger and better or simply using this as an excuse to keep tabs on its users? Jenkins (2004) questions whether the media is too controlled and when looking into the permissions that Skype has over the information that its users share through the software it can be questioned if it is used for simply statistical reasons to improve the quality of it or if it is used for surveillance of its users. When installing the Skype application on a mobile device, you are giving Skype permission to take details such as location, SD card content and other personal information. The protection of personal information of Skype users was under dispute in regards to its Android app and whether its users were being spied on.

Skype’s open technology allows it to expand and grow and move up to different platforms. However its permissions within its own systems between the producers and the consumers can be seen as a controlled aspect of the technology.

 

References:

Jenkins, H, 2009, ‘The Cultural Logic of Convergence’, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol 7, p. 33-43

 

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