Unit 3

  1. What other interesting examples of codes from history or the modern-day (digital or non-digital) can you find to inspire or support a lesson about encoding and decoding messages?


An interesting non-digital example of codes from history is the Australian Indigenous wall paintings. The Indigenous peoples used to paint stories and dances and other gems of their culture onto the walls of rocks for other people to see. Given all the different languages spoken by indigenous people these paintings were a way of communicating to each other and could be used as codes to inform each other of potential threats and dangerous areas. As a result this became a means of communication for indigenous peoples along with other natural alterations they made to alert each other of dangers. This links into how although not obvious at first glance there can be second meanings behind everything and sometimes this can be used maliciously. This is shown online when websites attempt to gain access to your information through portraying a safe and friendly site. That is why it is important to take a second to really ensure if the websites you go on can be trusted.

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