Rethinking Information Technology And Its Effects On The World Wide Web

781 Words Feb 9th, 2016 4 Pages
Research has suggested that humankind is able to store at least 295 exabytes of information, which measured in bits is 295 with 20 zeros after it. (Wu, 2011) Humanity has accumulated increasing amounts of knowledge over the centuries. Access to knowledge varies from being readily accessible to being a closely kept secret. The book Science and Technology in Society addresses the consequences that result from how knowledge is shared and used. The three chapters that I read were: “Rethinking Information Technology: Caught in the World Wide Web,” “Owning Technoscience: Understanding the New Intellectual Property Battles,” and “Democracy and Expertise: Citizenship in a High-Tech Age.” An ethics topic contained in all three chapters was the access and use of information. Restricting access to knowledge and its use is unethical and creates divisive lines in society.
A divisive line in our society is found in our educational system, which does not provide equal access of knowledge to everyone. A person’s access to a good education is largely determined by their social circumstances. This situation is self-perpetuating, leading to even more disparity over time. In the third chapter of Science and Technology in Society it says, “… children from wealthy families are more likely to go to college than students from poor families. And a college degree is likely to create occupational and economic opportunities for these people … Opportunities for upward mobility are systematically lower…
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