Information technology

Information technology is the design and implementation of computer networks for data processing and communication. This includes designing the hardware for processing information and connecting separate components, and developing software that can efficiently and faultlessly analyse and distribute this data.

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    Computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) seeks to understand and refine the impact of technology on how groups work together. Irene Greif recounts how the field began in 1984 at a meeting stimulated by trends in distributed systems, networks and office automation.

    • Irene Greif
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    Quantum computers require controlled encoding to protect computations from environmental noise. Two experiments have achieved such encoding using what are known as infinite-dimensional quantum systems.

    • Alessandro Ferraro
    Nature 566, 460-462
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    Electronic-government initiatives could help states to run more smoothly, but all that personal data raises serious questions about security.

    • Neil Savage
    Nature 563, S136-S137
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    An explosion in information technology is remaking the world, leaving few aspects of society untouched.

    • Richard Hodson
    Nature 563, S131