Information Technology in a Global Society is a textbook for the IB Diploma ITGS course, by Stuart Gray.
As such, this page contains a huge range of resources covering all areas in Strand 2 of the ITGS syllabus - from cloud computing in business to government surveillance of the Internet.
A good ITGS lesson idea might be to have students discuss which areas of the world might have the fastest and slowest (or non-existent) Internet access, justify their assertions, and then use this tool to check their accuracy.
The order of the links that appear in search results therefore has a significant impact on the types of information that will be accessed by the majority of people (witness how many people only ever use the first page - or even half page - of search results). Additionally, some search engines have started to use personalised search results, which can prioritise results that are similar to pages we have previously viewed - thus forming a so-called 'search bubble' or 'filter bubble' that might limit our exposure to new views. Not only do they have a world map (left), but their map gallery contains interactive Internet backbone maps of Latin America, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific region. The maps are available in high resolution versions which would look great on a classroom wall. Each card contains an ITGS key networks term which students must explain to the class without mentioning the 'taboo' words listed on the card. The aim is to improve students' ability to explain key ITGS language and have a little bit of fun. The following news articles give examples of the information companies know about you, and how they acquire it.


Facebook will peer into your grocery bag, for example, explains how supermarket loyalty card data (which is often tied to an email address) can be bought and matched against social network email addresses. The image was taken by a Janis Krums, a passenger on a nearby ferry, and quickly spread around the world. Other famous examples include citizen reports on the 2005 terrorist attacks on London transportation systems, with major news organisations featuring eye witness submissions and even video clips from the Underground trains (which professional journalists could not access).
The most famous image from these events - that of a number 30 bus moments after a bomb ripped it apart - won the first prize in awards set up by Nokia and the UK Press Gazette.
Ability to Develop and Store Dossiers on Innocent Americans makes interesting reading, while (somewhat ironically), a Freedom of Information request forced the Department of Homeland Security to Release List of Keywords Used to Monitor Social Networking Sites (Forbes). The UK police run Local Crime and Policing information - just type in the name of any UK town or village.
Whotube is a site that displays CCTV footage of crimes and invites the public to identify suspects. This is a useful lesson for studying databases and the Internet, but I have also used it as a standalone lesson when introducing the ITGS course to pre-IB students.
It includes pages on penetration rates, languages, and much more, which provide a useful background for study the digital divide and cultural diversity. Updated: 2014-12-07Languages and the InternetThe cultural diversity that the Internet enables can have both positive and negative social and cultural impacts.


The dominance of the English language can lead to equality of access issues for users who only speak other languages. Similarly, some organisations such as UNESCO fear that as English and Western culture in general dominate the Internet, older, less common languages and cultures may be pushed to the sidelines and eventually become extinct.
Linguistic diversity and multilingualism on Internet discusses this possibility with clear examples On the other hand, the Internet itself can also being used to protect and preserve languages. The Endangered Languages project is one example- its goal is to record samples of these languages for future generations.
Illusions of a Borderless World discusses the challenges that arise with the rapid spread of the Internet and the benefits and drawbacks for citizens, corporations, and governments.
The book covers the technical details essential to understand the nature of information on the Internet, and then discusses specific examples of government or corporate attempts at control. The examples include the rise of file sharing in the late 1990s and the Chinese government's ongoing crackdown on online dissidents. Students can view a global map of Internet speeds (which holds a few surprises) and customize the graphs to show data and changes from which countries and time periods they want.




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