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Information Technology

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Alex Rogers

on 12 September 2013

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Transcript of Information Technology

Information Technology
Positive Changes
Negative Changes
Facts & Statistics
Mobile Devices
With the increasing popularity of mobile devices, getting in touch with someone has never been easier. The ease with which we can access technology has had a psychological impact on us all (or at least those of us lucky enough to be on this side of the digital divide); we feel a better sense of connection with our peers and family, and we feel as if we can make ourselves heard. This can lead to a stronger feeling of community, and allows us to experience cultural diversity
regardless of where in the world we are. We
can also get in touch with emergency
services with far greater ease.
Health Impact
With our new devices, we now have so much more control over our health and safety. With a quick push of a button, we can get in touch with emergency services or our family doctor. This is very useful to have on hand in case we are in a situation where we desperately need medical attention, or need to get in touch with the police. In a situation where someone breaks into your house and cuts the phone line, you can still reach 911. There is even application
software to help us self-diagnose illness or
injuries, for those problems that aren't
as serious.
The Internet has sped up the process of globalization exponentially. With technology like this, we can now get in touch with people who live on the other side of the world. Not just via email or text, but we can have actual face-to-face conversation and share ideas with the software that is available now. This is useful to us because we can connect the systems that are our societies so that they may work together like a well-oiled machine. The globalization of ideas has become so easy, and it's getting more advanced every day.
IT is extremely useful to have for storing and accessing data. Unfortunately, as our dependance on IT grows, so does the amount of irreplaceable data which with we trust it. The reliability of a computer system is something that can still be overlooked, even when we are entrusting it with important information such as banking data. Because IT is something so regular and necessary to our day-to-day lives, we neglect to take all of the necessary precautions because we've learned to
trust it.
All of this new technology raises the ethical issue of privacy. Do we still have any privacy? Is it possible to remain completely anonymous anymore? While our devices keep us in the loop, they also share a little more than we'd want or expect them to (such as location stamps on the pictures we take and messages that we send). This ties privacy concerns in with concerns about security and surveillance. We can never fully control who knows where we are and when.
Security & Surveillance
While all of this technology is very useful to have around, it can also prove to be a danger. There have been examples of home monitoring cameras having their network open so that anyone could watch the houses that had them, and of hackers gaining unauthorized access to baby monitor speakers and yelling expletives through them. This causes
concerns about both security and surveillance.
Putting all of our personal, school and work data on our devices seems like a good idea at first, but what if our files become corrupted? The integrity of our data is very important to whether or not it works, and losing data can cost us both time and money. We are so used to our technology working the way we want it to that we no longer use it the way we're supposed to. The majority of people don't safely remove their USB storage devices, and aren't prepared for the eventual corruption of their files. This could be a potential waste of resources if they didn't think to
back up their files elsewhere.
Digital Divide
55% of teens have given out physical descriptions or pictures to people they don't know
Hundreds of millions of personal records have been breached in recent years
24% of teenagers have had private or embarrassing info made public without their permission
In the past year, the majority of compromised personal records had been hacked (including that of over 43 million Americans)
29% of teenagers on the Internet have been stalked or contacted by a stranger
and how it has changed our society
34% of Internet users are in developing countries
1 in 60 people in Africa (in 2001) use the Internet
PC ownership is 11 times more in developed countries
Only 4% of Arab women use the Internet. A third of that is Moroccan women
There is 1 telephone for every 10 Arab citizens
There are less than 18 computers per 1,000 Arab people
16 million Internet users in the Middle East
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