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Nearly everywhere around the world you cannot go out in public without someone seeing

some texting, using laptop, tablets, listening to I-pods etc… it is a driving factor in

globalisation. Since the early 90’s it has increased rapidly. Information communication

technologies (ICT’s) have given new opportunities in businesses, governments& personal

use. Most industries nowadays these day rely on ICT’s and even governments use them in

warfare and surveillances.

There has been a revolution in computers and communications over the last few decades. All indications of this has pointed to it continuing at a very fast pace. They present many

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It’s also saves time and money by cutting out transportation and travel

expenses. They can also facilitate long distance fund transfers, tax returns and other

government business including medical diagnosis thereby increasing the geographical

potential of markets. Also provides access to otherwise unavailable goods and services which

increases consumer choices in the market place, and also reduces prices because real time

access to market information and transaction capability through telephony and the internet

increase competition, which allows consumers to get the most out of their incomes, which in

turn will also drive down prices over time.(Jorgenson, W & Khung ,V, 2005)

They also help farmers, fishermen, local producers etc… access to multiple marketplaces,

giving them the ability to get the best value for their goods. It can also help peoples legal

battles e.g. using a mobile phone with a camera can provide proof that certain people live in

particular areas, which can help them get land title validation. Water and electricity payments

made over mobile phones are also used with the records being used as a back- up for legal

status. They are also now used as tools used for obtaining knowledge and political

empowerment. Repressive governments are concerned these tools can be used in the hands of

the ineffective, as they are proving to be an effective way in which to organise, amplify and

broadcast the needs and demands of the oppressed both domestically and internationally.(

Benat, O & Soumitra, D & Bruno, L, 2013)

ICT enables people to communicate with each other in ways similar to face to face, by

telephone and handwritten ways. They enable people to collaborate with each other who

rarely do so by other means. These technologies are global and always up enabling 24 hour

activity. ICT’s also affect interaction between people in organisations. They will be enhanced

through information sharing and activities being co-ordinated. E-mails also lower

communication barriers across status levels which aren’t the same, which gives less

restrained communication between workers and their superiors.( Kramer, W , Jenkins ,B &

Katz, R 2007).

Wide spread telecommuting is also considered to be able to make it easier for people to have

flexible work hours, part-time work, share jobs and have more than one job. Also the chance

of increasing job mobility and career advancement should become possible. Electronic

commerce affects a number of industries, especially distribution sectors as e-commerce

supplies delivered goods and services.( Kramer, W , Jenkins ,B & Katz, R 2007).

IT systems do enable business growth, but are now so integrated within businesses that they

are built into the strategy of business sectors. The risks in IT governance have become

significant. There are operational risks when there is a service provider as information that is

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