The social economic and ethical consequences of current uses of computing.

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The social economic and ethical consequences of current uses of computing.

Modern uses of computing have many beneficial functions within employment and businesses.

The internet is a valuable source for advertising businesses, with roughly 100, 000, 000 more people surfing the web than watching television the internet has become an invaluable medium for advertisements. Businesses are able to setup their own websites with memorable . COM domain names on which they can explain the functions or products of the business as well as setting up a online "shopping" system which if fast becoming the most popular way for the public to buy products.

The use of computing as communication is also invaluable. Using videoconferences and e-mail, meetings and important information can take place or be sent all over the world, saving money on business trips or expensive postage costs. Information can also be easily shared throughout a company, stored in a database on a network and protected by passwords this information can be easily shared between any personnel who require the information.

However computers can also be used in un-ethical ways within the work place. The Internet is a great distraction and employees can waste company time surfing the web under the pretence of doing work and the storing of pornography and illegal software on company networks is fast becoming a major problem.

Computing has also become greatly beneficial to education, the Internet contains large quantities of information and resources for school children to use that are more up to date than the leading newspapers. The BBC's Bite size revision site being a good example as many students have found it invaluable when revising for their GCSE's. However there is to much unsuitable for the children to surf the net which may require the school to set up an intranet...