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2. Equality of Access and the Digital Divide
- A lack of money to buy hardware / software
- A lack of associated infrastructure (power, Internet)
- A lack of skills to use the system (training)
- A lack of language (esp English) to use the software
- A lack of accessibility features
- Intervention to prevent full access (e.g. government filtering of the Internet)
3. Policies & Laws
4. Copyright & Intellectual Property
English language note: if somebody is illegally downloading copyrighted material, they are "violating copyright", "breaking copyright", or "committing copyright infringement", but not "committing copyright".
5. Psychological effects of IT
Often students include psychological impacts answers to privacy or surveillance questions, but there are other psychological effects of IT too. Here are some ideas:
- Being in constant contact via email, smart phones, social networks - how does this affect our social/work life balanace? Our private life?
- The ease of communication using IT can make it very easy to send rude or angry emails or messages which we would not be willing to repeat to people face to face (and which we might later regret).
- Lack of face-to-face communication - this can be a problem in a number of areas, for example tele-working, tele-learning, and tele-health. How would you feel if you learnt from home every day, via the Internet, but never had face to face contact with your teachers or fellow students?
- Addiction problems - mobile phones, the Internet, and gaming can all cause addiction, a psychological problem with can lead to other serious impacts. In South Korea, the government has recognised the seriousness of the problem and taken measures to alleviate it.
- IT has also changed dating....
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