19. groupware


How far do technological factors limit what groupware can achieve at present? Suggest an example of groupware that is limited by factors other than technology.

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For synchronous communication a big issue is bandwidth: quality of video images, for example, and the need for better communication channels and compression techniques. Furthermore many people only have intermittent connections meaning they cannot be contacted at will. Other, more prosaic, limits for asynchronous communication include incompatible document and email attachment formats!

Some technologies that are available and working (such as text-based conferencing and low-cost desktop video) are more limited by social issues such as privacy concerns.

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