Five ITGS news articles from last week

ITGS news articles

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

Smart home security vulnerabilities
Image:Powerhouse Museum

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.

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Newsweek magazine ends print edition to go online-only

Newsweek ends print edition
Image: John Edwards

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

Sex offender registry

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

Freedom of speech
Image: Ahmad Hammoud

On Sunday and Monday thousands of Muslims in London protested outside Google’s headquarters. They were calling for the Innocence of Muslims video – uploaded to YouTube earlier this year and the catalyst for violent protests across the Middle East – to be banned. Google (who owns YouTube) has refused to remove the video, saying it does not break YouTube’s terms of use. This editorial from Forbe’s Tims Worstall deals with the freedom of speech issues surrounding this case, with is a key part of the ITGS Networks and Politics & Government topics. (Read full article)

Can a phone replace the doctor in Kenya?

Smart phones in health careBBC 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.

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You can find sources for ITGS news articles here, and other roundups of articles here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

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