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Online Technologies Are Changing The Way People Live In Australia The terms online have specific meanings in regard to computer technology and telecommunications. In general online indicates a state of connectivity. Online shopping, e-banking, social networking, e-commerce, website hosting, online video games etc. are some of examples of online technologies. As computers have become more affordable over time, the number of Australian households using computers and accessing the internet has significantly increased. According to Australian Social Trends as computers have become more affordable over time, the number of Australian households using computers and accessing the internet has significantly increased. In 2008-09, nearly three-quarters of households had internet access, up from one in six a decade earlier. The rising rate of internet access in Australia can largely be attributed to the greater affordability of IT equipment and internet services. According to the ABS Consumer Price Index (CPI), in comparison to the increase in overall prices as measured by the CPI basket of consumer goods and services (or the All Groups CPI), the prices of Telecommunication services have increased at a lower rate and Audio, visual and computing equipment have recorded falls over the past two decades.

The internet is not always completely safe, either. Vaidnyanathan states, “If you read Google’s privacy policy carefully, it is clear that they retain the right to make significant decisions about our data without regard for our interests.” With the new movement to store everything on the cloud, who knows if a single hacker would be able to take down entire chunks of the internet. Similarly, Bill Gates has said, “As more and more people store personal information on the internet, how will we ensure that information is kept secret? As our economy becomes more dependent on bits than atoms, how will we protect these resources from being damaged or devalued by hackers? As the...
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