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Ch 10: Business, Social, and Ethical Implications and Issues

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Watch online video lessons that discuss the impact of technology on businesses, individuals and society. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz you can use to check your understanding of these topics.

Business, Social, and Ethical Implications and Issues

Technology is everywhere in today's world. We use technology at home and in business. Most people have a cell phone that they keep handy at all times. Personal computers are also widely used. Even the field of education is taking advantage of technology, offering courses online, such as the ones that we have here. Technology has, no doubt, changed our world. However, with such advancement comes risk. Our lessons cover the ways technology has impacted us, both in good and bad ways.

Information technology (IT), or the use of computers and telecommunication devices, has had a great impact on the economy. The invention and introduction of products, like laptop computers and cell phones, have flooded the economy with a whole new segment that brings in massive revenue. This is something we would have never even thought about a hundred years ago. Learn more about the economic impact of IT in our video lessons.

There is no arguing that technology has changed the reality of the business environment. Many jobs that were once in demand, no longer exist because computers or other technological inventions have taken over jobs once reserved for humans. Besides that, technology has opened up a whole new line of work, allowing individuals to work from locations outside of the typical office. Many other changes have taken place due to technology, and you can learn all about them in our video lessons.

Technology comes with unique threats and risks. The biggest issue is security. As our lessons will explain, keeping your information safe and secure is a huge concern when it comes to 21st century technology. You need to understand things like viruses, hackers and spyware. Let our lessons help you to see what threats lurk in cyberspace and how to protect yourself from such things.

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7 Lessons in Chapter 10: Business, Social, and Ethical Implications and Issues
Information Technology: Impact on the Economy

1. Information Technology: Impact on the Economy

Information technology has impacted the economy in a number of ways. The most noticeable changes involve e-commerce, marketing tactics, facilitation of globalization, job insecurity, and job design. This lesson will explore a variety of concepts pertaining to the changing economy, including downsizing, outsourcing, the use of cookies, the benefits and costs of globalization, and the impact of e-commerce.

Impact of Technology on Privacy

2. Impact of Technology on Privacy

Technology has a number of social and ethical implications that cause debate and concern. One specific issue is privacy. Information technology has opened up society and decreased privacy. This lesson will explore a number of privacy issues that are of concern, including electronic surveillance, availability of personal information, cookies and spyware, and workplace monitoring.

Intellectual Property and Open Source Software: Issues and Concerns

3. Intellectual Property and Open Source Software: Issues and Concerns

One of the defining issues of the Internet era is intellectual property rights. The Internet has made it easy to access digital media and illegally copy it. This lesson will discuss intellectual property including protections through copyrights, trademarks and patents. We will also explore the open source movement and the growing trend toward free, unprotected software.

Impact of e-Commerce and m-Commerce on Consumer Privacy and Fraud

4. Impact of e-Commerce and m-Commerce on Consumer Privacy and Fraud

There are a number of challenges in the world of e-commerce and m-commerce stemming from the ease of information exchange over the Internet. The issues discussed in this lesson include consumer privacy and fraud.

Ergonomics, Telecommuting, Virtual Teams & Job Design: Technology Effects on Careers

5. Ergonomics, Telecommuting, Virtual Teams & Job Design: Technology Effects on Careers

This lesson explores the impact of information technology on job design, teamwork, health and safety and how we commute to work. Specific topics discussed are telecommuting, virtual teams, job design and ergonomics.

Globalization, Outsourcing & Insourcing: Impact of Technology on Careers

6. Globalization, Outsourcing & Insourcing: Impact of Technology on Careers

This lesson discusses the impact information technology has on careers. Globalization has been driven by advances in technology and has impacted job security and wages. We will specifically look at downsizing, insourcing and outsourcing.

Computer Security & Threat Prevention for Individuals & Organizations

7. Computer Security & Threat Prevention for Individuals & Organizations

Computer security and threat prevention is essential for individuals and organizations. Effective security measures can reduce errors, fraud, and losses. This lesson will explore unintentional threats and intentional threats. Various security measures and defenses will be explored, including encryption, firewalls, anti-virus, anti-spyware, passwords, back-ups, and biometric security.

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