Letter from the Editor: Joshua Ostrer


By Joshua Ostrer

This is my last issue of the Concordiensis as Sci-Tech Editor.

In my two years as editor, I’ve edited and formatted the Science and Technology section 50 times, written over 80 articles for the Concordy and I’ve enjoyed all of it.

When I won the election for Sci-Tech Editor in my sophomore winter, I didn’t have a clue about what to do as editor of my section.

I decided that I would focus my attention on bringing important scientific and technological news to Union’s campus and community.

Although most of the content I chose to include in my section never physically set foot on campus, I believed it to be just as relevant as if it had.

There is a lot happening within the scope of science and technology that doesn’t just affect our lives today but that will have profound effects on our collective future, as the Union community and as independent people.

I made it a point during my editorship to keep the issues of data privacy and Internet freedom under a spotlight.

Issues like a basic right to privacy and freedom of speech online affect us all. We all use the Internet — through any of an essentially innumerable list of devices and services — and our privacy and freedom while using those devices and services then becomes essential.

I am part of a generation that is growing up with the Internet, and I’ve seen the incredible leaps that the Internet has allowed both science and society to take.

I focused on privacy and an open and free Internet because I would hate to see the incredible present and potential power of the Internet fade away as a result of government and corporate interests attempting to shape the Internet’s future. Most of all, I would hate to see its potential fade without our generation being aware of the loss as it takes place around us. But that is just my opinion.

As editor, I’ve tried my best to objectively edit and report on issues of Internet privacy, Internet freedom, environmentalism and scientific progress and discovery. My goal was never to push my own agenda, but to spread awareness and education.

Issues like environmentalism, more specifically fracking and natural gas drilling, are important within New York itself and, whether you support or oppose their developments, awareness of these issues is essential in order to have a more complete view of the world around you.

Science and technology affect our lives whether or not we are educated about their existences, so I’ve tried my best to open as many eyes to these crucial and developing issues as I could. I hope I have at least partially succeeded, because I definitely enjoyed trying.

I leave the Science and Technology section in the capable and enthusiastic hands of Heather Mendiola, and I’m sure she will continue the success of this section.

I thank you all, readers, writers and fellow editors, for the opportunity to be Science and Technology Editor — it is an experience that I loved and will not easily forget.


Thank you,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Joshua Ostrer



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