IT Profession and Ethics


NIT2201 IT Profession and Ethics

ASSIGNMENT 1: The Future of Privacy: digital life in 2025

According to the Australian Information Commissioner - “Privacy is important. It is about protecting our information on who we are, what we do, what we think and what we believe”. We live in a digital age and are very much attached to a technology on everything that we do. Our personal privacy is being threatened by a modern technology in a way how we use the technology in our daily life. The Internet companies such as Google and Facebook are collecting our data and creating new services for different advertising companies.

On December 18, 2014, Pew research report “The Future of Privacy: digital life in 2025” (available at indicated that there will be no privacy in the future and the IoT (Internet of Things) is the worst part of the problem.

Bojanova, Hurlburt & Voas (2014) said, “Today, the Internet of Things. Tomorrow, the Internet of Everything. Beyond that, perhaps, the Internet of Anything—a radically superconnected ecosystem where questions about security, trust, and control assume entirely new dimensions.”

Commence your research for your essay by reading chapters from the text book Quinn (Chapter 5: Information Privacy & Chapter 6: Privacy and the Government) & Reynolds (Chapter 4: Privacy). In completing this assignment, you are encouraged to discuss the topic with your classmates however you will submit an individual essay. Plagiarism is unacceptable and not tolerated by the University. Any person found plagiarising will face disciplinary action. Specific details are available in the policy on Academic Honesty and Preventing Plagiarism.

Your writing needs to be supported by references. You will need to conduct further research online and, in the library, to answer the following questions in your essay. The references need to come from legitimate sources. Each reference needs to be given with an in-text reference and listed at the end of your essay (not part of your word count). A well supported essay will include at least 10 references. You must use APA referencing style correctly and consistently. Your discussion essay will research and address the following questions supported by references and your opinion:

        What is privacy?

       What is digital privacy?

        Describe digital privacy in Australia.

        Discuss on different privacy threats.

        Why is the IoT the worst enemy of privacy? Discuss

        What will digital life look like in 2025 in terms of privacy? The future of achieving privacy, security and accountability.

      Discuss on privacy solutions and best practices for the Internet of Things.

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