A2 ICT SYNOPTIC QUESTION (20 MARKS) : SAMPLE ANSWER

A2 ICT SYNOPTIC QUESTION (20 MARKS) : SAMPLE ANSWER

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Q9. 13.9 Information and the professional
The expansion of e-business using the Internet in the past few years has led to
more businesses including this medium for their operations. In the absence of a
regulatory body to police the Internet, the ICT and computing industry must
regulate itself.
Using specific examples, discuss this statement. Include in your discussion:
why regulation might be required;
the issues in devising regulation across a world-wide medium;
the potential problems in enforcing regulation. (20 marks)
Continuous prose is expected for this answer. Candidates can gain a second
mark for a point made for discussion or expansion.
Answer....
Regulation might be required to prevent a number of potential threats to the
organisation both internal and external, one example of this threat is hacking.
Coming up with or enforcing legislation is very difficult. This difficulty arises
because countries have different laws and standards. Also the scale and size of
the Internet makes it very difficult to cover all possible websites.
Another example of a threat is the use of un-licensed software. This has
become a growing issue for producers of software, who are losing money
because of this. Some countries do not view this as a major problem and do not
have laws to help prevent the illegal use of software. Countries that do have
laws find it difficult to enforce legislation because if the site is based in
countries were no laws exists there is not much they can do.
Privacy of data is another example of were legislation and regulation has
become increasingly important. The problem relates to both individuals and
organisations. Devising regulations for the area is difficult but not impossible.
Technical issues both with individual and businesses hinder the implementation
of such regulation. Also implementing such legislation is very costly and not all
countries can afford to do so.
The increase in size, accessibility and the ease of Internet software is also area
that has cause for concern. Because one owns the Internet and no one body has
regulatory powers, producing legislation is very difficult. If legislation or
regulation are agreed upon because of the size of the Internet it is almost
impossible to cover everyone. It would also be time consuming and require
regular checks to make sure legislation is being adhered to.
This answer would give you 15 marks. To do this you must give an example of
a problem, possible regulation issues and how effective enforcement could
or would be.
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