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The Information Age, Evidence B: Life in the Information Age Class notes Evidence due to be handed in on the 20th November 2005 Introduction ICT has had a great impact on the way people do things in their personal, professional and social lives. These effects can be seen in areas such as: * Working styles * Communication * Education * Entertainment & leisure * Banking & shopping * Decision-making * Employment opportunities * Crime and crime prevention * Civil rights * Legislation Working styles ICT had a big influence on work styles and the way in which day-to-day tasks are carried out in organisations. ICT has affected the way in which data is processed, information transmitted and knowledge is applied. Also ICT has influenced the physical environment of the workplace (individual workstations), what workers do (less paper more ICT), where they are based (sometimes from home), their job roles, their interaction with other people (less face to face and more electronic communication) and their skill needs (often need additional training or re-training). Communication ICT has affected not only the way people communicate but also the means that they use to communicate. Today the preferred methods of communication are e-mails and chat, messaging and chat facilities. The emphasis is on speed, interactivity and collaboration. An example would be that word processing programs allow comments to be added to documents without the original text being changed. ...read more.

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E-commerce includes: * Online banking http://www.firstdirect.com/banking/current_account_external.shtml?fd_msc=CC113&WT.srch=1 * Online ordering and payment http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/468294/202-1441010-7729448 * Over the phone transactions and services such as; o Mortgages o Setting up accounts o Payments o Orders * Automatic stock control and processing systems * Introduction of loyalty schemes based on information gathered from product bar-codes and customer data Decision making Decision-making has become more automated within organisations. Decisions have been taken away from certain individuals and have become part of an electronic process based on data, statistics, forecasting and analysis. For example when someone applies for a loan details are added to a computer system. The computer makes the decision on the loan based upon their income and expenditure. Designs for products such as cars are tested using computer models/simulations, which will show up any alterations that need to be made to the design. Individual decision-making has change. An example of this may be that in the past we had to physically visit travel agents to make a holiday booking. The customer would have searched through brochures to enable them to make a purchasing decision; they would have physically paid a deposit to the travel clerk and received their tickets through the post after physically paying the balance. This process could take months but now can be completed online in a matter of minutes. ...read more.

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Sites have, for example, glorified or celebrated unnaturally thin images of anorexic females and have (in the USA) been closed down. Increasing individuals have faced prosecution for downloading images of young children and distributing them to other paedophiles. One problem with this is that the age of consent varies from country to country and therefore what is deemed inappropriate in the UK may be accepted elsewhere. Other laws have been introduced to cover the "grooming" of children by paedophiles. In January 2005 a paedophile was sentenced to four years in prison for grooming young children. Questions to consider and provide evidence for your report: The Internet is like "Jekyll and Hyde...why would this be an appropriate comment? Discuss. What would happen if the Internet were closed down overnight? How would this affect our daily lives? How does ICT affect your daily life in education, travel and communication? Share your findings with others in your class Provide a description of how ICT is affecting at least 5 different aspects of peoples lives, parents, grand parents, disabled, pregnant women, teachers, students, police, congestion charging, transport, tele-working, consider: * Working styles * Communication * Education * Entertainment & leisure * Banking & shopping * Decision-making * Employment opportunities * Crime and crime prevention * Civil rights * Legislation Provide a description with analysis of the benefits and drawbacks of ICT, which gives a clear picture of life in the information age? ...read more.

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