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Community service usually refers to helping others – food banks, animal rescue. coastal clean-up, etc. While some community service organizations do use Facebook to inform people of the work they do, using Facebook for social connecting with friends and family isn’t a community service. Facebook is a business that gets its money from advertisers and from selling information about its users.

Airport security – Unfortunately, most people believe that air travel is safer because of all the inspections and screening. The screening is very expensive and inconveniences travelers, but isn’t effective. The screening has failed to detect many of the dangerous items taken through in routine testing of the effectiveness of the system. There is little evidence that all the stuff that is prohibited and confiscated would have been used to harm the passengers, crew or the airplane. Most of the attacks on planes since 9/11 have been ground launched.

Failures – There are “failures at many levels throughout businesses all the time. Some are “learning experiences” – it isn’t possible to get something “right” without lots of trial-and=error, testing, redesign, .. Then there are failure that can have serious consequences – someone is injured, someone makes a really bad decision, or the cost of a project sky-rockets because of unforeseen problems.

Data security and hacking – While security systems are becoming more difficult to hack, hackers are becoming more sophisticated because there are big incentives for the hackers to figure this out. Hacking will never be prevented entirely, but it will be increasingly difficult for them to be successful.

Real and virtual friends and family – Finding the right balance between real and virtual connections will take time. These are new technologies and people tend to over-do their use initially. Eventually people figure out an appropriate balance, enjoying the convenience of the new technologies, and going back to regain the pleasures and benefits of face-to-face communication.

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