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The right to control information about oneself (information privacy) seems to be based in culture. How can culture and information technology affect each other? With the dramatic increase of social networking sites, what cultural dimensions would be most likely, and least likely, to regard the preservation of privacy as a human right?

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There is no doubt that technology specifically the Internet and mobile technology have greatly changed the way people live their lives, the way they act, interact, learn, and work. Every day, people check for news, posted videos and pictures in Facebook or updates from Twitter. They can produce their own music with the use of a software, or they can publish their own book and blog their own ideas and thoughts or even create a website to share the information they want to make known. Through the use of the Web and mobile technology people can talk to each other anytime and anywhere they want.

However, this convenience and accessibility has affected our values and culture. People get engrossed with the various things they can do with their phones or laptops or computers that they forget to give time to talk to those who are real and are near them. Respect for one another has deteriorated in the past years or even decades. People claim that they need this technology to connect to their friends and relatives but most of the times, people accept friends request from those who they don't even know and this makes this less personal. Also, there is much emphasis on materialism and high recognition is given to those with the latest gadgets and technology. The artists, arts and ...

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This response discusses information privacy and explores the relationship between culture and information technology. It also looks as privacy as a human right.