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Criterion A Describing the Issue A recent study conducted in April 2000 found that the number of companies conducting some form of active monitoring of their employees jumped from 45 in 1998 to 74 in 1999 E-mail monitoring rose from 27 to 38 over the same period Workers with Web access search for information not specifically related to their jobs Popular entertainment sites sustain heavy traffic during the workday As everything from CDs to cars go on sale over the Web some employees are also spending more time shopping on line Employees are also using the Internet for personal use whether for sending personal e-mail messages playing games downloading pornography ordering goods online checking stock prices or gambling Employers are grappling with how much if any personal use of the Internet and e-mail to permit in the workplace Employers are also grappling with the question of whether to monitor Internet use and whether to block access to certain Internet sites According to recent surveys more than one-third of employers monitor their employees e-mail and Internet use Employees are able to do tasks that they werent able to complete at home and remain in touch with world events however they waste company time and money by doing personal things during company time There are many discrepancies on what should and shouldnt be allowed at the workplace and many companies and employees have been affected by situations relating to problems arising from e-mail Internet use in the workplace Criterion B IT Background of the Issue The modern Internet was based on the ARPAnet Advanced Research Project Agency Network It was a system developed for the US government in 1968 by a man called Bolt Beranek and Newman Ray Tomlinson worked as an engineer who was working on a program he had created a few years before that allowed users
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