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Digital Divide and Social Systems

July 28, 2011 Leave a comment

“Digital Divide¬†refers to the gap between individuals, households, businesses and geographic areas at different socio-economic levels with regard both to their opportunities to access information and communications technologies (ICT’s) and to their use of the Internet for a wide variety of activities”[1]

It also talks about the importance of making sure that technologies are used and access equally by everyone no matter where they come from, where they live, what is their level of education, and what is their financial situation. But such fair access is not that simple.

Social Systems, cultures and the level of development in countries play a crucial part in making technology accessible and used properly by the people.

Just like the exmaple in the book, when technology was provided for the Irish population without educating them about its importance and why it is needed, not many people started using these technologies after three years of equipting the population with all the technology they need. Or do they need it really?

Technology has been created to make our life easier, but before starting to use it we should understand a very important thing. Technology is just a small part of the whole picture. The full picture includes people, tools and processes. There should be clear processes designed for everything we do in life starting from cleaning up your home, maintaining your car, managing the traffic in the streets to governing and properly ruling the world. Technology is just a tool that implements such a processes and methods to help make is easier and more efficient to proceed. Lastly, we need people who are educated, trained and skilled to use this technology and implement those processes. If any of these three is not considered then technology can simply be meaningless.

In Conclusion, the concept of digital divide should be extended and include all involved parts of the issue to be complete and successful.

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[1] http://www.apdip.net/publications/iespprimers/eprimer-egov.pdf

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Globalization from a Different Perspective

July 28, 2011 Leave a comment

In the book we discuss Globalization and arguments for and against the concept. But without looking at the professional view of the whole concept, thinking about Globalization as an individual who live on earth, do you see the move a globalization as a good or a bad step for the future?

As a concept it is a very interesting one which I believe would connect the whole world together, open new doors and opportunities for everyone around the world, help each part of our home earth bring what it is best at for everyone to share. But why are there many people against it?

Globalization has many advantages; it increased the competition and production from providers from all over the world, can improve unemployment in poorer countries, can help develop third world countries, and help reduce unrest and increase more stability.

What is really worrying and unclear is how much power the World Trade Organization (WTO) would over the whole world if Globalization is fully implemented?

One of the main problems complained about is how much power WTO would have where other governments should subordinate to the WTO. Based on the book, WTO also gets to make the rules for globalization without anybody electing them. If this becomes official and global then whole world would be controlled by WTO, which means that no country, government or party has any kind of independency or freedom of choice. If this is true, then the conspiracy theory of New World Order can become true. How can we avoid that? How can we change and improve the concept of globalization to benifit from it universally and give ourselves and souls for WTO to control the whole world? Where is our role as individuals to assure that this never happens?

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USA Patriot Act and its contreversy

July 28, 2011 Leave a comment

The Book Discusses the USA Patriot Act and the intention of this act. This act has been developed after 9/11 for the purpose of protecting US citizens and to find terrorist to possible terror attacks that may take action in the USA.

This act has been abused by the FBI, US attornies and many more parties in the USA. It is a very controversial act. Many people objected to this act but it all has been ignored. Such act threats the privacy of individuals. Although it is declared to protect individuals, but isnt it harming them more than doing any good.

Even when the act was updated. It simply became more specific and detailed to give more power to the government over individuals. How can people change this, where is the democracy and freedom of opinion? Is this Big Brother becoming the reality of life? Was George Orwell right about what the world is coming to?

 

 

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Big Brother and Privacy Today

July 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Ann Cavoukian, in her interview in the book (Page 297-300), she mentioned that if “emerging technologies” are not properly used we will be living an “Orwellian nightmare”. in 1948 George Orwell discussed in his book “1984” that in the near future that all individiuals in the world will be under full surveillance. He represented this prediction with a character called “Big Brother” who is the main dectator having full control over all individuals.

Today, with technology monitoring any individual or finding detailed information about him and his whole life history became very easy and constantly updated. Especially that not only the government tries to gather information, but not every individual constantly and willingly provides detailed information about their lives. For example using facebook to update your location, pictures, status, etc…

Do we still have privacy? do we still want privacy? Are we living in an age where we are being monitored by the “elite” or “Big Brother”? Shouldn’t we set the line to where this stops? or are we happy enabling it?

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