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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: ICT
  • Word count: 4422

The Impact of ICT on society.

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The Impact of ICT on society. Introduction I will be looking in detail at all aspects and results of ICT on society on a whole. By doing this I hope to look in detail at the benefits and misgivings on what seems to have been a global change which has an impact as large as that since the birth of the telephone by Alexander Graham bell. Undoubtedly communications technology has revolutionized extremely fast in the past years, it has grown from a phone which resembled the old house hold brick to devises which can be the small the household computer mouse. They also contain technology which enable you to send graphics even video in real time to others, and have change from the old dot matrix screen to and a black LCD screen to the High resolution colour screen which people use today. Although this has been greatly enhanced by the highly lucrative and growing market of mobile phone, there is continual pressure by Civil Rights Groups complaining that the government has technology to create a supposed "big brother society" and have also complained about conversations been supposedly snatched from the air and taped by any government services which may want to do this. The currently law as it stands enable the government to tale any conversation from, the air if they deem it to be a threat to national security. This requires backing from either * The home office * The foreign office * Her majesty' s Secret Security Services * MI6 * MI5 * Special Branch * Technical Support Unit However all these require a signature form the home secretary David Blunket or relative counterpart. The use of technology has undoubtedly changed the world of communication and the ability to receive send information regarding just about everything. With such a broad scope it was inevitable that people would eventually exploit or attempt to undermine it from hackers to prank callers or from thief's to crackers. ...read more.

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There are also complaints by people saying that mobile phones "fry" the brain, and having that technology so close to your ears and caused the to have brain tumors and may have resulted in them having operations to remove the cancers which mobile phones have supposedly caused. Mobile phone complains of cause have hotly rejected such claims but they are yet to invest in an independent enquiry into the matter to try and get to the bottom this. Then again they wouldn't would they incase the results were damaging. The government have also failed to act on this, and although there have been an increase of cases involving tumors, they are still failed to act on public opinion and fund an enquiry. This also could be due to the amount of revenue from mobile phones the government gets and weather they wish to put this into jeopardy by giving in and funding an enquiry. Also mobile phone technology has improved as a whole with SMS MRMS people are finding ever more ways of keeping in touch with one another. Also mobile phones can now carry video recorders, cameras and a whole range of accessories which can be attached to mobile phones. People have ever more ways to keep in entertain them selves and also businesses can benefit by the video conferencing utilities available on mobiles. There are some legal aspects involved with mobile phones such as "prank" or nuisance calling, which is unable to be traced properly through the police of people fail to register mobiles or even if they do, if they haven't provided the correct details not much can be done other than to block the SIM card that was registered with making the calls. Fax Machines Fax machines have not really progressed with the invention of E-Mails, faxes have become almost obsolete and people are generally using emails rather than faxes. ...read more.

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This new system must also be used in conjunction with the old system as many people may not choose to use this, as with all new technology some people are scared and don't like to use it because of fears they may blow something up. This ignorance to technology no matter how stupid is the case for most new technologies of the modern age and only the young seem to be embracing it. So this would obviously initial a huge expensive on behalf of the supermarket who has to fork out for both methods of payment. The moral aspects of this are can people be trusted to use this new system, or will the supermarkets select the people who will use the system, This may pave way to a fascist society where only certain people can do certain things because of their background creed or colour. Digital Duke Boxes and Piracy. Digital piracy is a huge part of modern day society with music and games available for free on websites and Peer to Peer programs. These new methods of transferring information totally contradict the work of record companies of whom to try hard to get their band or company of its feet and be successful. As a result record sales have fallen considerably and internet downloads of songs is rife. This is because people won't pay for soothing which they can get quite easily for free, songs record labels films and even pornography is totally free on these illegal sites. Fact or federation against copyright theft has tied hard to counteract this threat to the industry and thus far have been extremely unsuccessful, although they do try to prosecute people and I thin only this week a bootlegger responsible for millions of pounds of damage has been put behind bars but still the threat is very real. The effect of people is that they get lots of free music, the effect socially the economies of the world have been stunted by this theft. The effect morally is the people are essentially stealing for there idols and heroes. ...read more.

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