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An Explanation Of The Impact Of The Availbility Of Electronic Information On Individuals And Society

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An explanation of the impact of the availability of electronic information on individuals and society I am going to compile a report; I will discuss to you the impact and availability of electronic information on individuals and society today. Firstly I will look at the impact it has on me and my family. ICT has a big impact in the everyday life of me and family and I will explain this in detail below. Myself and my family: Myself and my family use ICT every day, my parents would use it to it to type up assignments, check emails, contact friends and family members from different countries. Without the surge in ICT we would never be able to do any of these tasks. If we didn't have ICT we would have to write out a letter and post it off through air mail and the recipient mightn't get it for another few days, whereas an email, once sent, the person can receive it within a few seconds. I use it a lot more because of schoolwork, for word processing assignments and finding and printing out research. Without ICT, handing in work, would take a lot longer if we didn't have the electronics we have today. I will explain below how ICT is available for us all. ...read more.

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If a person was in control of making sure the traffic lights were cutting congestion throughout the city, more than likely, he/she would find or have problems. Computer control is a lot more efficient than man power; whether it's finding errors, timing issues etc, overall the traffic lights will work a lot better, overall reducing traffic congestion. Vote counting - Vote counting has come a long way and has been made a lot easier and simple through the use of an electronic vote counting system. The presidential election for the US president; was in such a high demand of voters, the electronic voting system, made the vote counting a lot easier, and this made the election in terms of wins of states, run a lot more efficient. It also saves time; people spending hours counting millions of votes, and if they forget their count, they'll have to start counting all over again. A bad point of the electronic vote counting is what if the system breaks down? It would put an election into a disaster zone. Electronic funds transfer - This is a computer based system that allows money to be transferred from one account to another or transfer money to another country with a few clicks of a mouse. It saves time, no running to the bank or queuing up, also is a good impact for disabled people; they can avail of this service. ...read more.

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Also with the latest credit crunch, families are finding it hard to provide food and clothes for themselves and their children without paying for computers. Although there are alternative options like internet cafes, that can provide hourly access for �2 or �3. Young children - young children might not be able to get access to ICT because their parents might be finding it hard to cope with paying bills etc (low income). An alternative option is most primary and secondary schools, also libraries have ICT facilities available for students to use during or after school. Social networking websites - although social networking websites like Bebo, Facebook and MySpace, provide a cheap and fast way of communicating to friends, bad things can be lurking on sites like, paedophiles who pose as boys and girls of 14, 15, 16 years of ages, gain the trust of many vulnerable children and pass personal information. This puts the welfare of the child in danger. Some parents may not allow their children access to ICT because of fear for their children's safety. The only alternatives is to monitor their children's browsing, or add parental controls, blocking them from chat rooms, and things they shouldn't be on, keeping them safe while they're online. There is also a major threat of getting viruses or being hacked when online, viruses on the internet can automatically get access to bank account details and passwords for online banking, which will put people financial issues into danger. ...read more.

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