Unit 2 Career Readiness
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Section 10.1 Communicating in a Digital Society
• Digital communication is the exchange of information through electronic
means. It requires digital literacy skills and appropriate digital citizenship
• Intellectual property is something that comes from a person’s mind, such
as an idea, invention, or process. Copyrights, patents, and trademarks
can protect intellectual property rights. Material that is in the public
domain refers to material that is not owned by anyone and can be used
without permission. Products or services can be protected by issuing a
licensing agreement, which is a contract that gives one party permission
to use a product or service owned by someone else.
• The Electronic User’s Bill of Rights details the rights and responsibilities
of both individuals and institutions regarding the treatment of digital
Section 10.2 Internet Use in the Workplace
• Internet access provided by a company should be used only for business
purposes. Most companies have an acceptable use policy that explains
what is and is not acceptable use of company-owned and company-
• Identity theft is an illegal act that involves stealing someone’s personal
information and using that information to commit theft or fraud. It is
important to protect equipment, data, and your digital footprint against
theft by putting a security plan in place.
Check Your Career IQ
Now that you have finished this chapter, see what you
know about careers by scanning the QR code to take
the chapter posttest. If you do not have a smartphone,
Review Your Knowledge
1. Give two examples of digital literacy skills.
2. Explain the importance of digital citizenship.
3. Explain what intellectual property is and what it includes.
4. What is fair use doctrine?
5. How does open-source software differ from other forms of software?