Saving your work – Why to do it regularly and in the duration of your work

Saving is important when you are doing work, especially big projects. Anything can go wrong in the duration of you completing a document and saving simply lightens the fall.

If the application you’re using to construct your document crashes for some reason, and you have not saved, all of your work is gone since you trusted that everything would be OK until you’re done – inadvisable when working with technology.

If you save regularly and the program crashes, you can most likely re-open the program and the work will be as you left it when you last saved, instead of being completely gone from memory.

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Ethical Effects of IT

Ethics get a very in-depth involvement in IT, particularly when it surrounds privacy of data and other such things that are expected to be in-tact.

Privacy of Information

The most noteworthy of all is how data is handled using IT and how according to the Data Protection Act, data holders are obliged to protect and not abuse personal or private data of people.

Whilst the act does protect against explicit abuse of the data, it has no power to enforce against authorized personnel from accessing the data immorally.

For example, if a doctor would like to investigate the health profile of a patient who they have no direct business with, it would be immoral to do so; and as aforementioned, the act does not enforce against this so the doctor is perfectly clear to do so, but ethically deterred.

Unequal Access of Information

Unequal access of information is a highly contextual subject which does not have a simple answer on whether it is reasonable. If someone must do their work and are at a disadvantage due to their inability to access or use a resource, this would be immoral unequal access of information – which again, is deterred.

Moreover, Unequal Access of Information can also be a protective thing – For example a large corporation could have many workers, it would be impractical to give them all the same access rights to the database of the company, such as the address of their customers or the financial information of the company itself.

Therefore it would be a good idea to restrict people who are not working in the financial area of the corporation to not be able to access the tools or rights that the only financial workers really need. Vice versa should also apply.

Legal Aspects of IT

The law has had to be changed to make way for the grand introduction of IT into the common public, naturally.

The basic legislative principles that apply in IT however, were already established.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is when you duplicate an existing piece of work (it could be art, music, even text) – anything that is tangible and is protected by copyright, and claim it as your own in hopes to receive credit for it. This “credit” could be grades, money, or any other undeserved benefit of copying the work in question.

Typical Copyright Symbol

Typical Copyright Symbol

Copyright

Copyright protects authors from having their work or idea copied and stolen – somewhat ties into the above “Plagiarism”. Copyright is automatically applied to any idea, invention or work that is laid into a tangible, physical form.

Economic Effects of IT

Affordability & Reliability: People vs Vending Machines

IT has affected the economy tremendously, both in favour of it and against it – First of all, the most obvious alteration is that some jobs will be replaced as they could be done more effectively by a computer. For example, a store clerk could work in a small stall and sell drinks and snacks, requiring a salary and being imperfect; alternatively there could simply be a vending machine waiting to serve customers automatically, demanding merely an electricity bill.

Distracted PedestriansIcon that expresses a lost job.

To be more arbitrary, a convoluted mental change results in people generally using their phones which causes them to pay less attention to their environment. This is bad news for supermarkets who wish to grab the customer’s attention by offering snacks and other pick-me-up items near the till; since the potential customer is distracted by their mobile phone, the presence of such items may go simply unknown and the item, not bought – thus, revenue is lost.

Website easier to use than socializing

Similarly to the topmost vending-machine topic, this one concerns how a store clerk, or an entire store could be made pointless in certain conditions if a website could pull off the purpose of the store perfectly. If instead of people having to walk into the store and buy what they want, they can just do it via the website, the job for the clerk in the store will be pretty much not optimal and therefore most likely dropped.

Online Banking

Again with jobs being lost due to IT, it also applies to bankers thanks to the invention of online banking. While it makes it easier to bank, a banker’s job could also be made obsolete by the introduction and monopolized usage of online banking.

IT’s effect on Local Communities

Ever since IT was introduced to the general public, it’s use for communication and socializing became more and more apparent. Now it’s not unusual to see people check websites or phone applications to see what time an event or meeting will take place. Local communities can host their very own websites to provide the details required by their its members.

For example, the WI (Women’s Institute) have a website where all of the meetings and event relevant to the members are easily accessible – Another example would be the council’s website and how it can inform the user when either a local event is taking place, or simply what day they must take out their bin.

Additionally, certain college institutes will text you via your mobile phone to notify you that you have an exam coming up, which gives you a head start in knowing your seating position.

This array of communication methods has created a unison of information among practically anybody capable of using technology, and as such it has become standard to expect that somebody has access to the Internet and this information.

Introductory Post

This is a blog created by Luke A-D to explain in-depth how IT has changed how communication works today and investigate many key points that are introduced when the question of how IT has changed human sociability

For example:

  • Economic Effects of IT

    Socialization and conversation.

    Socialization and conversation.

  • Legal Aspects of IT
  • Ethical Aspects of IT
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Computer Viruses & Spam (through e-mail)

As well as a few more helpful details that relate to this cause.