Third blog post- An understanding of how changes in technology impact on the way humans communicate, and the ethical issues that surround these changes
The week six lecture for COMM140 commenced on the 6th of September 2016 in which I was able to extend my knowledge concerning the changes in technology and the impacts this has had on communication methods via individuals, and the ethical issues surrounding these changes. The tutor Carmelo also explained the importance of ethically engaging in digital communications, and how to develop into a digital citizen.
Technology is constantly evolving due to society’s desires, which in return has caused individual communications to rapidly develop. As aforementioned in Blog Post one, individuals operate technologies for the purpose of simpler and effortless communication means around the world, allowing individuals to connect with one another. Communication technologies include emails, video sessions and instant messaging, in which applications such as Face Book and Instagram allow users to promptly communicate with one another. Individuals are now able to exchange information and current national and international news rapidly which can be accessed by digital communications such as computers and laptops (Mirabito & Morgenstern, 2004). This can also benefit businesses and organisations as promotion is increased and easily spread via websites, allowing possible consumers to easily access and view merchandise and additional goods.
There are significant amounts of ethical issues surrounding changes in communication technologies, which were discussed in the lecture such as privacy and confidentiality which can be breached by communication technology users. Ethics are the morals that are held by individuals, which affect behaviour and actions. Privacy of users can be violated as personal information and details are easy to access, while confidential information can also be seeped, which can be understood through the 2016 Australian census as individuals information was hacked, thus leading to uncomfortable situations for individuals to re-complete the census again. There are also technical barriers including energy and telephones, economic barriers as the costs of acquisition for technologies are expensive, and cultural barriers in which individuals can be of different speaking backgrounds. As a digital citizen, I as a person and future educator, have the responsibility of using technology ethically and morally, respecting all individuals.
The first reference is for image use only
- Fleury-Lawson, P., Fleury-Lawson, P., & profile, V. (2010). Welcome to Ethical Issues Related to Technology Use in Education!. Ethicsandtechnologyuseineducation.blogspot.com.au. Retrieved 16 September 2016, from http://ethicsandtechnologyuseineducation.blogspot.com.au/2010/11/welcome-to-ethical-issues-related-to.html
- Mirabito, M. & Morgenstern, B. (2004). The new communications technologies. Amsterdam: Focal Press.