[LINK] "I don ' t understand computers" is not an excuse!
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Tue Jan 29 09:48:31 EST 2008
At 8:47 +1100 29/1/08, Stilgherrian wrote:
>I don't understand computers" is not an excuse
>If you own or manage a business that handles information (and which business
>doesn't?) then you must understand computers and the Internet. If you don't,
>you're incompetent. Yes, that's right, you heard me. Incompetent.
I know you want to keep it simple and to-the-point, but "here in the
21st Century" there's a problem with the word 'computer'.
Sure, 'we' know what one is, and to some extent so does 'the public';
but the idea manifests itself very differently in different
Desktops, portables, handhelds, phones, smartcards, RFID tags, and
that's without getting into the embedded ones in photocopiers, fuel
If micro and small businesspeople from 10 different sectors read the
piece, will they interpret 'computer' in an appropriate way?
If not, they may dismiss the piece as too superficial.
Roger Clarke http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/
Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd 78 Sidaway St, Chapman ACT 2611 AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 2 6288 1472, and 6288 6916
mailto:Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au http://www.xamax.com.au/
Visiting Professor in Info Science & Eng Australian National University
Visiting Professor in the eCommerce Program University of Hong Kong
Visiting Professor in the Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre Uni of NSW
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