The Role And Impact Of Information Technology On Everyday Life.

IT and our way of life

Collecting, storing, manipulating and sharing data and information has become easier for us today thanks to computers and telecommunication devices. Sometimes we barely notice the effects of ICT on our lives due to how integral it has become to our lives.

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It has impacted the way we live, work and play, both negatively and positively and this is what is termed as digital culture.

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How Has Information Technology Affected Our Way Of Life?

Digital culture

Digital CultureDigital culture revolves around the concept which describes the idea that technology and the Internet significantly shape the way we interact, behave, think, and communicate as human beings in society. Digital culture is the Internet, artificial intelligence, cyber ethics, security and privacy. In a nutshell, digital technology has to do with the relationship between humans and technology. Digital culture has strong connections with the internet and computer crime.

The Internet

The InternetThe internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks that use the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to link devices worldwide. It is a network of networks that consists of private, public, academic, business, and government networks of local to global scope, linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless, and optical networking technologies.

The Internet carries a vast range of information resources and services, such as the inter-linked hypertext documents and applications of the Worldwide Web (WWW), electronic mail, telephony, and file sharing.

Computer Crime

Cyber crime

Cyber-crime, or computer related crime, is crime that involves a computer and a network. The computer may have been used in the commission of a crime, or it may be the target.

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Cybercrimes can be defined as: “Offences that are committed against individuals or groups of individuals with a criminal motive to intentionally harm the reputation of the victim or cause physical or mental harm, or loss, to the victim directly or indirectly, using modern telecommunication networks such as Internet and mobile phones. Examples of computer crimes are hacking, copyright infringement, phishing, malware, unwarranted mass-surveillance, child pornography, and child grooming. There are also problems of privacy when confidential information is intercepted or disclosed, lawfully or otherwise.

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