This essay should be under the subject "Information Technology" I will discuss the politics of information

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When it comes to business, information is priceless. In today's modern world of business, technology is a major key to any successful venture. With that in mind, information technology is, in my opinion, one of the most important aspects of a successful business or business venture. Unfortunately, in today's society, politics seem to play a role in everything. That rule seems to apply tenfold in the British businesses interviewed in the article "The politics of information". There are a number of findings that I find disturbing for various reasons. The findings that I will discuss for this assignment include those in reference to the information policy (or lack thereof), the withholding of information, and the information politics which seems to go hand in hand with the withholding of information.

The first finding that I will discuss is the findings in reference to information policy. Information policy is listed in this article as "a formal method of communicating information upwards, downwards, and around the organization."

As the article states, "Over 60 percent of Britain's businesses have no formal information policy to handle the flow and management of information." To me, this is completely unacceptable. Maybe it is because of that fact that I am a military man, or maybe it is just my personal preference, but either way, the bottom line is that policies establish operating procedures. defines policy as "A plan or course of action, as of a government, political party, or business, intended to influence and determine decisions, actions, and other matters" with a second definition being "A written contract or certificate of insurance". By having a policy established, you protect yourself as a business. Having a policy in effect can eliminate a number of the other issues found and discussed in this report and policies establish...