Berke Aslan
Berke is 22 years old and is a third year BSc EOR student and at the same time, also a third year Magazine Committee member. He is originally from Groningen and decided to study here since ‘er gaat niets boven Groningen’. He is a member of the student rowing association Aegir. His articles will primarily be about financial matters, philosophy, politics, and psychology.

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Berke Aslan
The groundwork for a sustainable economy

The groundwork for a sustainable economy

Lately, I realized that I was not as concerned about the climate as some other people around me. Personally, I did not think about the consequences that my own behavior had on our climate. Our usage of plastic bags for our goods, fossil fuels, and other unsustainable...

The Technocracy

The Technocracy

A major outage led to the unavailability of Facebook and its subsidiaries WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger on Monday evening. The outage started at approximately 17:30 and lasted until 23:50. About 3.5 billion users of Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger...

Social engineering

Social engineering

The UG is taking new measures to prevent hackers from attacking their network. Therefore, we have been subjected to the mandatory password change, and soon, the university will require two-factor authentication for all it’s users. These measures will make it more...

NFTs: the next big thing

NFTs: the next big thing

For ages we have been looking at art as a physical collectible: The Mona Lisa is a painting, the Statue of Liberty is a huge copper statue, and the Balloon Dog (by Jeff Koons) is a stainless-steel sculpture. But in the recent months, a new kind of collectibles has...

Cyber-physical attacks

Cyber-physical attacks

Computers are taking over manual labor at an unprecedented rate. Currently, 29% of all labor is automated. It is expected that, in the US alone, 38% of jobs are automated by 2030. This increasing level of automation also paves the way for new forms of attack by...

Bitcoin: the 21st century gold

Bitcoin: the 21st century gold

Most of you have probably heard about it in the news lately: the Bitcoin price is reaching new highs, which have never been seen before. This is mainly due to the fact that several financial firms have announced that they will invest their money into bitcoin. Other...

Black Friday

Black Friday

It is almost that time of the year again: Black Friday. The day were most of us spend a lot of money (almost 90% more than usual) on presents for ourselves, friends, and relatives. A day which is well-known for its raging hordes of Black Friday shoppers. We have all...

Stop the Democracy

Stop the Democracy

The liberal democracy. For long, we have been led (or rather misled) to believe that the liberal democracy is the ideal system of governance. On one hand, it is true that democracies tend to give their subjects great freedom and prosperity. However, on the other hand,...

The ‘Do-Nothing’ Democrats

The ‘Do-Nothing’ Democrats

In late 2019, U.S. President Donald J. Trump caused widespread uproar amongst the Democratic electorate. The turmoil came after the president called the Democrats ‘Do-Nothing’.  Okay. Stop right here. I know what you’re thinking. First of all, this is not going to be...

The ‘New’ normal

The ‘New’ normal

The measures taken during the current global coronavirus pandemic will not last for a few more weeks. Instead, these measures may last forever. This pandemic is unlike anything we have ever experienced before. Almost all aspects of our daily lives have been altered to...