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Ch 8: History of Computing & Societal Impacts

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The engaging video lessons in this online chapter can quickly and effectively strengthen your knowledge of the history of computing and its societal impacts. Enhance your preparations for an upcoming test by studying these lessons and checking your comprehension with multiple-choice quizzes.

History of Computing & Societal Impacts - Chapter Summary

This chapter makes it simple to understand the history of computing and how it impacts society. Watch fun videos to study the relationship between technology and globalization, telecommuting, privacy and much more. After completing this chapter, you will feel confident in your ability to:

  • Detail the timeline and evolution of computers
  • Define information technology and discuss its impact on the economy
  • Explain how technology has impacted globalization, outsourcing and insourcing
  • Discuss the impact of technology on ergonomics, telecommuting, job designs and more
  • Share ways technology impacts privacy
  • List and describe information systems jobs and career options
  • Provide facts about computer security and threat prevention for organizations and individuals
  • Describe issues and concerns of intellectual property and open source software

Enjoy the ability to review each lesson in this chapter in two formats: videos and transcripts. Videos present the materials with help from fun visual effects, and transcripts let you review the lessons by printing them or reading them online. Study the lessons you feel will successfully boost your knowledge of the history of computing and its impact on society. When ready, check your understanding of those lessons by taking short quizzes.

8 Lessons in Chapter 8: History of Computing & Societal Impacts
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History of Computers: Timeline & Evolution

1. History of Computers: Timeline & Evolution

Modern computing has a rich history. Learn about the earliest computing devices developed by humans, the first electronic computers and the development of modern computer components, such as microprocessors and the graphical user interface, in this video lesson.

Information Technology: Impact on the Economy

2. 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.

Globalization, Outsourcing & Insourcing: Impact of Technology on Careers

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

Impact of Technology on Privacy

5. 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.

Information Systems Jobs & Career Options

6. Information Systems Jobs & Career Options

In this lesson, we'll give an overview of some of the careers in the information systems and technology fields. You have options, so let's explore them.

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.

Intellectual Property and Open Source Software: Issues and Concerns

8. 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.

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