A-level Computing/AQA/Computer Components, The Stored Program Concept and the Internet/Consequences of Uses of Computing

Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Discuss issues of ownership of information and programs, and the protection of data.
  • Consider current legal controls which specifically refer to computerised data and programs, and the implications of current legislation (see the Resource Bank).
  • Hacking.
  • Consider how digital rights can be managed.
  • Code of Conduct.
Economic and Social Issues Discuss the social consequences of current uses of computing.

Be aware of emerging technologies and appreciate their potential impact on society.


  • What are machines good and bad at, in comparison to humans?
  • What can this tell us about the way that the human mind works?
  • What can we learn from machines?
  • What are the limitations of using machines as tools?