Here are five ITGS related news articles from the last week – each one brimming with ITGS issues and impacts! Perfect for practicing ITGS Paper 2 exam skills.
Exploit code for software used to manage solar energy plants
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a warning about security vulnerabilities in the systems used to manage solar energy plants. The web pages for remotely monitoring the SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) systems produced by an Italian manufacturer reportedly contain SQL injection vulnerabilities which would give an attacker full control over the system, allowing them to execute arbitrary code. This clearly relates to the ITGS Security and Politics & Government topics.
Newsweek magazine ends print edition to go online-only
Newsweek announced that it would become an online-only magazine in 2013. As with many printed newspapers and magazines, Newsweek has seen a reduction in both circulation and advertising revenue in recent years. The magazine was launched in 1933. The ITGS Home and Leisure scenario covers different types of broadcast media. (Read full article)
An Australian First: Outing Sex Offenders
Western Australia has become the first Australian state to launch a publicly accessible online sex offenders registry. The registry contains personal details of convicted sex offenders living in the community, including their photographs. The site went live despite concerns over possible vigilante attacks. This could be used to start an interesting discussion of social and ethical issues relating to privacy, integrity, and security of data. (Read full article)
Yes, Freedom Of Speech Does Mean The Prophet Can Be Insulted
Can a phone replace the doctor in Kenya?
BBC Click’s programme this week covers the use of technology in Kenya, from reducing human-animal conflict by tracking elephants to monitoring water pumps in remote villages to ensure they are repaired quickly. The programme also covers the use of mobile phone technology to provide healthcare and advice across Kenya. These topics all relate directly to ITGS.