537_DB_Software Development and Productivity & Quality of Life

We do not need any special technology or power source (except daylight or candles) to read information from printed books, magazines, and so on.

Access to all the vast amount of digitized information depends on electricity, batteries, and sophisticated software.

Respond to all of the following points:

1) What are some scenarios in which the consequences would be serious if digitized information would not be accessible to a large number of people for a short or long time?

2) What actions or policies can individuals, businesses, organizations, and governments take to reduce the potential negative consequences of loss of access to digital information?

3) Should we be concerned about the trend toward more books and other forms of information appearing only in digital form, and, if so, is this a potentially serious social problem? Why or why not?,

4) lately there has been some concern that digitized news enables people to become more narrow-minded. Is this a problem and why or why not?

(you can use the Eli Pariser TED Talk and Psych Files podcast to help with this point)