IB Computer Science/Science Systems Life Cycle and Software Development/Social Significance and Implications of Computer Systems

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The social significance must be treated by reference to economic, political, cultural and environmental consequences. These include: 1. Effects on employment (resulting in changes to the working environment, retraining and so on) 2. Ethical and legal requirements 3. Data storage (preserving privacy, data protection and so on) 4. Software users (copyright, software licensing and so on). Also current trends in computer systems and the consequences of these are important as a social significance of computer systems.