Final exam question 3 (all 4 topics covered)

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Ryerson University
Information Technology Management
ITM 407
Candace Grant

Social Equalitydo we have a responsibility Do you think we have an obligation to make cybertechnology accessible to everyone in our communities Jeremy Moss says that without access to cybertechnology people r unfairly disadvantaged because their access to knowledge is significantly reduced o so ppl are not able to benefit from the information that is available on the Internet so they r falling behind in the information eratheir ability to participate fully in the political decisionmaking processto receive important information is diminishedo since some ppl live in remote areasif there is no Internet access there they may not be able to at all participate in the national voting or they may not receive important information about matterspolicies that can have an effect on themtheir economic possibilities r held back o Since so much wealth is in the informationcommunication sector ppl living countries that do not have access toInternet r disadvantaged in this waySoftware Developmentcan software be unethical unintentional power What does Huff mean by unintentional power and why should we be aware of it as ICT solution providers By unintentional power Huff means that designers design systems in a way in which its main intention is to do good for the users but unintentionally harms the usersWe should be aware of it because our design of a program could have negative impacts because of a negligent mistake we made as ICT solution providers o As a result we must always look into conditions our products will be used for instance in the case of Therac25 designers failed to comply with that part as a result several people died o Also as designers of safetycritical systems we must take more limitations into account before letting users use the system As said earlier one little mistake can have a greater negative effect o We can follow 3 steps in addressing issuesRecognize the problemattempt to limit its domainFind the problemtry to limit the domain where it can cause a problemthen address the problem within those limited domainsUse developing methods to inform yourself of those effects worth predictingThe use of a social impact statement can help u to determine what sorts of effects u shud care about as well as investigate the restrictions that will guide your solutionMake provision in the lifecycle of software to look for the effects
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