Social Implications: Access to Technology Essay

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Social Implications: Access to Technology

Has the Internet and the computerization of work, education, and life itself lead to inequalities in the access to technology and information among people with respect to differences in race, economic classes, education, and gender?

With the end of the Cold War, a newly emerging global marketplace economy aided by advancing computer and information processing technologies have rapidly changed the way people live and work. I recognize the necessity to have access to technology, and the changing need for technology over the course of a person's life. "Technological changes have outpaced ethical developments, bringing about unanticipated problems that have caused a "policy vacuum" filled by
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We need to "reach decisions based on principled choices and defensible ethical principles and hence to provide more generalized conclusions—in terms of conceptual evaluations, moral insights, normative guidelines, educational programs or legal advice—which might apply to whole classes of comparable cases." (http://www.wolfson.ox.ac.uk/~floridi/ie.htm#1)

Educational Issues:

Computers are the tools needed to access many kinds of technology. Computers must be made available to link people and formal systems of information. In a few years most of us will get information and daily news over digital networks. We may even use the networks to acquire an education. Therefore, universal access is important and should be available to everyone. "It is a realistic concern for the future of democracy and equity. The basic rights promoted by the Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) Cyber-Rights working group are: the right to assemble in online communities, the right to speak freely, the right to privacy online, and the right to access regardless of income, location, or disability." (http://www.cpsr.org/cpsr/nii/cyber-rights/index.html)

It is easy to say that everyone should have access to information and technology, however, there are funding issues that need to be addressed by the government and other organizations. Teachers should educate all students about the use of computers as tools to

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