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Ethical, Legal, Cultural and Environmental Concerns

The first video introduces a range of concerns surrounding computing technologies.  The idea that new technologies bring with them new social and ethical issues, and that the law is often slow to catch-up to guard people against these issues.  Some of the benefits of new technologies are briefly introduced, together with a simple case study on whether the internet should be regulated.  The video poses a range of ethical issues that students might consider.

The second video explores the rise of computer technology and the issues of privacy.  The use of CCTV, automatic number plate recognition, electronic tagging, car management systems, GPS, internet monitoring, telephone recording and the use of cookies are discussed.  “Net neutrality”, online privacy and “always-on” smart devices are also raised as contemporary issues.

The third video looks at legislation relevant to Computer Science, including: The Data Protection Act 1998 (GDPR 2016), Computer Misuse Act 1990, Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, Creative Commons Licensing and the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The fourth video explores some of the cultural issues of computer science.  These include the impact of technology on daily life, the “digital divide” and globalisation.

The fifth video explores the environmental impact of computing technologies.  This includes the manufacturing of devices, the impact of using limited natural resources, energy consumption, and the disposal of hazardous materials.

The sixth video explores what is meant by the term, “stakeholder”, and how key stakeholders are affected by technologies through consideration of a case study of online banking.

The seventh video looks at the differences between open source and proprietary software in terms of the Copyright Design and Patents Act and Creative Commons Licensing.  The history of software development is briefly discussed.  The advantages and disadvantages of each approach are considered from a developer and user perspective.


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