Alic15

15 April 2011 Team10

Group members:
Leader: Alic (BISS)
Partner: Pang Alic (BISS)
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/japan/index.html?scp=1-spot&sq=japan&st=cse
http://blogs.aljazeera.net/live/asia/live-blog-japan-earthquake
The use of online donations for japan:
http://www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem.94aae335470e233f6cf911df43181aa0/?vgnextoid=6f120bf1bf10f210VgnVCM10000089f0870aRCRD

News articles that will be used:
http://blogs.aljazeera.net/live/asia/live-blog-japan-earthquake

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/governments-doomed-6bn-plan-to-dispose-of-nuclear-waste-2266047.html

Topic (Concept):

How blogging delivers quick insights about the Japanese Earthquake. And how does online commenting help civilians better understand the situation.

(Social media was used to contact family members when cellular network was done during the Earthquake)


PowerPoint Presentation:



Slide dispersion:


  • Define the IT concept (1 slides)

The IT concept is "how blogging delivers quick insights about the Japanese Earthquake", and I will also talk a little bit about how online commenting help civilians better understand the Japan earthquake crisis.

  • Give a specific example in an area of impact (1 slide)

This IT concept falls under:
1.1_reliability_integrity
1.12_digital_citizenship
3.6_multimedia_digital_media
2.6_politcal_processes

Main area of impact: 1.1_reliability_integrity
When we read blogs about the Japanese earthquake, are they reliable? Are they biased?

  • Highlight the advantages and disadvantages on the main stakeholders (7-8 slides)

Advantages- (stakeholders: Blogger, viewer, Japan)
-blogging provides quick minor updates about the Japanese earthquake. Provided the fact that the blogger is right on site when a event occurs, that blogger can instantly post the events in real time.
-Blogs can include many personal interviews, these can be with regular civilians or high ranking people who don't want to expose their identity.
-Blogs can sometimes provide accurate information that the Media attempts to cover up or hide, how do we really know that the Nuclear power plants are under control? Can we trust what the media tells us? Perhaps a blogger may record his observations and prove the media wrong.
-Bloggers can also provide astonishing photos and real insight of the situation, some people may not feel very concerned. But when people see these images, they realize the true magnitude and seriousness of the disaster.

Disadvantages-
-blog posts are subjective (based on opinion and personal priorities), a blogger may feel that certain information are unnecessary while in reality they are a major component which may eventually build up to a catastrophic event.
-blogs do not dig deep into the event, most blogs are just short descriptions on what has happened, and very rarely are there explanations and analysis.Blogs can sometimes even be completely made up.
-blogging is often done by one person only, that person is limited to what he/she can see or observe, things which that person cannot observe are not told, this could lead to false conclusions and contradict with the media.



  • Share the top 5 ethical/social issues not order of significance (6 slides)

-Is it correct for people to express personal opinions on blogs upon critical issues such as the japanese earthquake. In other words should people be blogging about the japanese earthquake?
-Correct: There is a need for freedom of speech, the government needs to listen to our ideas and opinions
-Incorrect: Civilians are not professionals, they do not know the scale or difficulty of certain situations, expressing opinions would not help resolve the issue.
-Should civilians and bloggers be allowed to comment on a crisis such as the Japanese earthquake. In simpler terms, are people allowed to ask questions and debate on different views towards the japanese earthquake?
-correct:yes commenting can answer people's speculations and provide further insight for questions, this may motivate them to take action and donate money
-incorrect: Commenting is often done by normal civilians, facts may be wrong, this may spread false rumor, it could be offensive to certain people.


  • 1 extra slides to put where you want

During the high tense moments of the Japanese earthquake, cellular network crashed, and people resorted to facebook as their last form of communication method with their families. Thank you.

15 in 15 IT Concept Essay

Alic Pang (words:1022)
What is “blogging”? The general public perceives blogging simply as a diary to post and write about someone’s daily feelings. Unfortunately the general perception is wrong, the IT terminology “blogging” offers way more than simply diary posts, blogging acts as a bridge of knowledge; the blogger posts his or her findings and passes on the knowledge to the reader. This concept exploited its full benefit during the critical moments of the Japanese Earthquake. Bloggers took hold upon the beauty of blogging and through this seemingly simple tool delivered quick insights about the Japanese Earthquake to people half a globe away. Online social media tools were even used during the high stake moments during the Japanese Earthquake as a form of communication.

This “IT Concept” falls under several ITGS tags; 1.1_reliability_integrity, 1.12_digital_citizenship, 3.6_multimedia_digital_media, and 2.6_politcal_processes. When we read blogs about the Japanese Earthquake, are they reliable? Are they biased? Is the blogger being rude? Have the photos we see being photoshoped? Is the blogger posting government conversations and discussions that we as civilians should otherwise not know for own safety? These are the several areas of impact concerning this “IT Concept.”

There are three main stakeholders concerning this “IT Concept”, the blogger, the viewer, and Japan. If the blogger posted inappropriate political illegitimate content the blogger may face criminal charges, the blogger may also face extremely negative criticism by its viewers. The viewer is also a stakeholder because the viewer may be exposed to gibberish content, bad information can also brainwash the viewer causing misinterpretation, confusion and criticism. Japan is the ultimate stakeholder everything is pointed towards Japan since the blogger intended to bring information and news about the Japanese Earthquake. If the Japanese Government has mishandled a situation and this was clearly described then un-avoidably Japan will face criticism. These are the stakeholders concerning this “IT Concept.”

Blogging about The Japanese earthquake has several advantages. Blogging provides quick minor updates about the Japanese earthquake. Provided the fact that the blogger is right on site when an event occurs, that blogger can instantly post the events in real time. Blogs can include many personal interviews, these can be with regular civilians or high-ranking people who don't want to expose their identity. Because a blog is run by the blogger, the depth and how much the blogger chooses to post can be a major advantage, for example; a viewer wanting to know more about civilian safety which the media does not cover, blogs in return offer the ability for viewers to learn and explore more. Blogs can sometimes provide accurate information that the Media attempts to cover up or hide, how do we really know that the Nuclear power plants are under control? If a blogger investigates deep enough and posts the findings, the viewers can be informed about the dangers which the media tends not to expose, or prove the media wrong. Bloggers can also provide astonishing photos and real insight of the situation. Some people may not feel very concerned, but after people see these images, they realize the true magnitude, scale, and seriousness of the disaster and may take action in donating funds. These are the advantages concerning this “IT Concept.”

Blogging about the Japanese Earthquake has its pros and cons. Blog posts are subjective; based on opinion and personal priorities, a blogger may feel that certain information are unnecessary while in reality they are a major component which may eventually build up to a catastrophic event. For example no one paid attention to the tsunami threat on the Fukushima Nuclear plant, the media and bloggers were all focused on civilian casualties and property damage, it turned out that tsunami caused the cooling systems to shut down which eventually led to a scale seven nuclear disaster. Blogs do not dig deep into the event, most blogs are just short descriptions and reports on what has happened, and very rarely are there explanations and analysis. Blogs can sometimes even be completely made up. Blogging is often done by one person only, that person is limited to what he/she can see or observe, things which that person cannot observe are not told, this could lead to false conclusions and contradict with the media. These are several disadvantages concerning this “IT Concept.”

A few social and ethical issues also arise from this “IT Concept.” Is it correct for people to express personal opinions on blogs upon critical issues such as the Japanese Earthquake? In other words should people be blogging about the Japanese Earthquake? Some people may say; there is a need for freedom of speech, the government needs to listen to our ideas and opinions. Others may argue; civilians are not professionals, they do not know the scale or difficulty of certain situations, expressing opinions would not help resolve the issue. Should civilians and bloggers be allowed to comment on a crisis such as the Japanese Earthquake? In simpler terms, are people allowed to ask questions and debate on different views towards the Japanese Earthquake? Some may argue: yes, commenting can answer people's speculations and provide further insight for questions, this may motivate them to take action and donate money. Others may argue; no, commenting is often done by normal civilians, facts may be wrong, this may spread false rumor, it could be offensive to certain people. These are the social and ethical issues concerning this “IT Concept.”
Online Social Media tools such as “Facebook” were used as a form of communication method when cellular network was down in Japan. A Facebook user posted to his parents “Came back home at 8 in the morning after the depressing night… Now, the nuclear power plant has exploded and we might be exposed to radioactivity.” During the high tense moments of the Japanese earthquake, cellular network crashed, and people resorted to facebook as their last form of communication method with their families, this shows their dependence on Information Technology.

Blogging does have its pros and cons, several social and ethical issues also arise from blogging. But overall blogging about the Japanese Earthquake delivered quick insights about the quake to concerned viewers all over the world.


Criteria:

  • Criterion A:
    • What is the issue arising from the IT system?
    • Who are the primary stakeholders involved in this issue?
    • What is the relationship of one of primary stakeholders to the IT system?
  • Criterion B:
    • Have you described a detailed step-by-step process that shows a clear understanding of how the IT system works?
    • Are the major components of the IT system identified?
    • Does your explanation show how the IT issue came about? (Which of the steps directly relates to the issue and why?)
    • Is the relationship between the IT system referred to in the article and the concern presented in criterion A explained using appropriate ITGS terminology.
  • Criterion C:
    • Have you described the impact of the social/ethical issues on the stakeholders?
    • (Have you described the advantages and disadvantages for each of the primary stakeholders)
    • Have you analysed the impact and identified any further problems?
    • Have you evaluated the impact?
    • Is there appropriate use of ITGS terminology?
  • Criterion D:
    • Have you described an appropriate solution to one problem (disadvantage) that has been identified in C?
    • Have you looked at both the strengths and weaknesses of your solution?
    • Have you looked at areas for future development?
    • Is there appropriate use of ITGS terminology?