Information communication technology (ICT) is everywhere. It’s in your phone, computer, even in your car. The world has become so interconnected that it’s almost ridiculous. In fact, it’s scary how connected we are as a society now with technology. However, as you know all too well, not everything is rosy and pleasant regarding ICT. There are some issues and concerns that have arisen from the way we use ICT today. This article will discuss some of these issues and what you can do to help mitigate these risks in your own life and career.
Online Privacy and Security
The first legal and ethical issue we’ll discuss is online privacy and security. In recent years, cyber security has become a pressing issue for companies, governments, and individuals around the world. The severity of online privacy issues is exemplified by the discovery of the “Equation Group”—a hacking group linked to the NSA. This particular group has been accused of developing malware that targeted millions of computers and networks worldwide. In light of this discovery, it’s crucial for professionals in the ICT industry to understand online privacy and security issues. What does online privacy and security entail? This can include a range of issues, such as protecting your identity and information, preventing cyber bullying and harassment, and securing your computer and data. In the first instance, you’ll want to make sure that your identity and information is protected at all times. There are a number of steps you can take to protect your identity and information. First, you should make sure that your computer has the latest software updates and security patches. You should also use a reliable anti-virus software, a firewall, and a digital signature. Additionally, it’s important to remember to delete your browsing history and internet cookies after you’ve finished your online activities.
Computer hacking and data breaches
A computer hack is an attempt by a hacker to break into your computer system to steal information or damage files. While the computer hacking field has become increasingly prominent in recent years, it’s important to understand that computer hacking is a crime. A data breach occurs when an unauthorized person accesses computer systems and steals information. Data breaches are usually committed by hackers, but they can also be committed by employees. In either situation, data breaches can put your clients’ information and your business at risk. If you’re working in the information communication technology industry, it’s crucial that you understand the various types of computer hacking. You must also be able to identify the signs of a computer hack and know how to reduce the risk of a data breach occurring.
Internet scamming and phishing
As we’ve already discussed, online privacy and security issues are extremely important for ICT professionals. However, online privacy issues are not always malicious in nature. For example, many individuals fall victim to phishing scams—where the scammers attempt to obtain personal information from you. It’s important to be aware that phishing scams occur both online and via email. However, they can also occur via telephone. Phishing scams often involve scammers impersonating government agencies or large companies such as Google. They may also pose as members of your own company.
Video Content and Viewing Issues
Another important topic to consider is video content and viewing issues. If you’re working in the ICT field, you’ll probably be involved in creating, distributing, and/or curating video content. Therefore, you may be responsible for managing video content and protecting the intellectual property rights of your company or clients. In some cases, you may also be responsible for protecting the intellectual property rights of the video creators. For example, many YouTubers rely on revenue from advertisements. The advertisements are targeted based on the content of the videos. Therefore, this content is being used by advertisers. In such cases, it’s important to ensure that the content is being used in accordance with the law.
Artist Rights and Copyright Protection Issues
Another legal issue to keep in mind is artist rights and copyright protection issues. If you’re responsible for curating content or managing an online platform, you may come into contact with issues surrounding artist rights and copyright protection. In such cases, it’s important to understand that you must protect the rights of the content creators. In the United States, copyright laws dictate that the moment a work is created, the artist has complete ownership of that work. Therefore, it’s important to protect the copyrights of the content creators. If you use this content without permission or licensing, you could be charged with plagiarism.
Finally, it’s important to remember that information communication technology professionals must always operate ethically. For example, you must always maintain the privacy of your clients’ information. This means you must encrypt all passwords and sensitive information. Furthermore, you must be cognizant of the sensitive nature of the work you do. For example, avoid using social media to discuss confidential client information. In such cases, it’s best to maintain a professional distance from your clients. Finally, it’s important to be aware of the potential pitfalls of working in the ICT field. By keeping the above issues in mind, you can navigate the ICT field ethically and thrive in your career.