Day 2 Lecture: Ethics and Accessibility

Ethics, Legal, consideration and web accessibility

It was a morning lecture and as usual our lecture know his way of bringing everyone back  into the working mood. We start by doing an activity which lead us into the topic of accessibility. He told us in group to brainstorm some possible digital innovative ideas for paralympians.  I really love this activity because everyone in the group came up with different idea and we finally conclude on one which we presents to the whole class. The image bellow show the presentation that was made by me and my group.

We came up with the use of Google Glass which only voice pattern recognition. This can only be used by paralympians who does not have visual impediment. So with the use of Application, the Google Glass can help the user to communicate with the team members, get instant message and also get directions. Another innovative idea is the use  of carbon Fiber Chair which will be lighter than metal or iron wheel chair.

It was very interesting topic as the lecture explain the important of world wide web taking the consideration of users that has one impediment or disability or the other. Meanwhile we went through most of the legal right and ethics which govern website host or users to make sure that their is no digital divide for any body with impairment or racial discrimination in accessing World Wide Web.  Some of which are UK Disability Rights Commission 2004, UK Presidency of EU 2005 and Copywrite Law  etc. We then look at some of the techniques which can be used to increase or better World Wide Web accessibility such as clean strict code use of standardized HTML and CSS, and some scripting languages for users with sight issues and must comply with W3C web accessibility criteria.

According to Charles Ess who wrote the book titled Digital Media Ethics, chapter one of this book talk about privacy issues with social media such as Facebook, Twitter or Myspace. Each social media has its own Terms of use agreement which every user must agree to before they are allowed to set up an account with them meanwhile everyone is different when it comes to believe. This is subject to believe and cultural differences. Personally i spot a privacy issue with Facebook which I believe that it invade my privacy, having known that Facebook want me to agree with the policy that every of my conversation or content sheared with my mates can be assessed by Facebook once I clicked on the agree button. One of my suggestion to social media users is to take their time to read the social media Term Of Use before they set up their account. In November 2014 BBC Technology news, BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones state  that

Social networking firms including Facebook and Twitter are being told to make it clearer to members how they collect and use their data.”

Break!!! Break!!! Break!!!

After the break, we had another lecture who took us through the way web 2.0 technology brought changes to lots of organisation. As a group, we also look at the way technology and information system can change impact positively on the future of  Salford Business School. 

Reference

BBC News Technology 28 November 2014. Roy Cellan-Jones. Social media was told to simplify terms and conditions for their service users. Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30234789. Assesed: 01/03/2015.

Charles Ess (2013):Digital Media Ethics and the society series. Chapter one which talked about the central issues in the ethics of Digital Media. Source: http://www.polity.co.uk/digitalmediaandsociety/bookinfo_dme.aspx.  Accessed: 24/02/2015

W3C web accessibility Initiatives which detailed about the guidelines of web accessibility for various users. Source: http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/accessibility.php. Accesed:01/03/2015

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