Technology’s Impact This Week: August 26th 2017


This is the first of a possibly more regular commentary on the impact that information technology is having on society, based on recent developments. This post is based on items posted in my Twitter feed: @impactofinfo  Comments on its value and on how it might be improved are welcome to pdcarr@uwaterloo.ca This week a book …

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Fake News, Why It’s Important and What You Can Do About It


This blog and the University of Waterloo course that it supports are focussed on understanding the impact that information technology is having on society today. Often, there is widespread disagreement on what this impact is. Opinions vary widely and are often directly opposed to each other in many of the areas that we consider. There …

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The Refugee Crisis and the Role of Information Technology


When people are forced to flee their homes as a result of man made or environmentally created crises they become refugees, some unable to ever return to their homes and requiring permanent resettlement and others who may be able to return at some point in the short or long term. Some national governments have made efforts to …

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Interview with Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner, Province of Ontario


Interview with Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner, Province of Ontario. The discussion focused on the definition of privacy, how the internet is impacting privacy, privacy in people's lives and whether privacy is dead. Ann's concept of Privacy by Design was outlined and examples provided for it and she commented on government collection of data …

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Information Technology and Privacy – 2014 Update


Since this blog began in 2011, Online Privacy and the issues associated with it have continued to evolve at a rapid pace. This post reports on issues that have emerged in the past year and the responses to them Jack Vale, an online prankster produced an amusing video that highlights the nature of the risks …

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University of Waterloo Class Survey on Educational Technology


As part of MSci 442, the Impact of Information Systems on Organisations and Society, students responded to an online evaluation of their use of and attitudes to information technology. The survey was based on the Educause ECAR annual student survey and used a selection of questions from that survey. Questions were included on the use …

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Information Technology and Privacy – 2013 Update


The original post on Information Technology and Privacy was published in 2011. That post discussed a number of areas of privacy including consumer privacy, social media and privacy, national security, legislation and law enforcement and also looked particularly at Facebook, Google and Wikileaks as applied examples on the privacy landscape. This post provides updates on consumer …

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Information Technology and Privacy 2012 Update


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiQ_2h-CwPU&feature=player_embedded I have left the posting on Information Technology and Privacy from 2011 intact and am posting here additional content for 2012. This appears in the following areas. The above video illustrates the continuing complacency about privacy amongst many internet users. The following video makes this argument more forcefully. In 2012 the threat posed by …

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Week 6: Information Technology and Privacy


Surveillance and information gathering has reached worrying magnitudes for many in the internet enabled world. This week we will consider the following questions about information technology and privacy: 1. What is privacy today? 2. What is the current internet privacy position? 3. What are the internet risks to privacy? 4. What impact does social media have …

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Week 5: Information Technology and Democracy


The internet was cancelled in Egypt at 5.20 am on January 28th 2011. Statistics of internet traffic to and from Egypt looked like this: CNN reported on the impact that social media was making on the protesters who had taken to the streets in Egypt. The Egyptian crisis followed the recent toppling of the government …

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