This position concerns the provision of services using wireless communications.It includes mobile devices, spectrum, access and backhaul infrastructure, network interoperability, application and data availability, termination, roaming charges and the technical, financial and regulatory considerations associated with optimising capital investment, competition, coverage and increasing levels of functionality and speed. It is focused on “mobile networks”, but it is also closely linked with other forms of wireless communications such as WiFi, WiMax and Femtocells.
The opening up of government, corporate and private data as massive online data sources is of great potential value, from apps that show us crime hot spots to databases that enable diseases to be understood and cured and victims of disasters to be located. However, alongside the benefits, there is also the threat of abuses, such as the creation of an infrastructure of permanent surveillance, the discovery of the whereabouts of victims, disclosure of socially stigmatising diseases or conditions or the use of Big Data by fraudsters for targeting victims.
BCS understands IT is a key enabler of the digital economy, which describes the exchange of information, goods and services through an information technology platform. The digital economy exists within an international framework of extant commercial and intellectual property (IP) laws and regulation, which often struggle to keep pace with technology change. BCS seeks to ensure everyone benefits from IT and we work to promote wider social and economic progress through the advancement of information technology. In order to achieve these objectives, we recognise the need for a digitally-optimised IP system that is fit for the digital economy.
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, seeks to ensure everyone benefits from IT. We promote wider social and economic progress through the advancement of information technology. One of our core values is to advance the role of IT in bettering society, the economy, business and education. We recognise that for these aims and objectives to be achieved, we need to ensure that every citizen has the opportunity to use IT safely and effectively for their own, and society’s benefit. We need to allay fears, promote ways to remain ‘safe online’ and thus encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity.