Some People Believe That It Is Good to Share as Much Information as Possible

Some people believe that it is good to share as much information as possible in scientific research, business and the academic world. Others believe that some information is too important or too valuable to be shared freely.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 12 Test 5 Writing Task 2.

Sample Essay

Some people argue it is good that information is shared as much as possible in the scientific, business and academic worlds, while others claim some information should not be shared freely because of its great importance or value. I agree with the latter viewpoint because making important information freely available hinders innovation.

On the one hand, increasing transparency in important areas helps to solve global problems more quickly. Take, for example, the U.S. biotechnology company Moderna. If it shared its mRNA Covid-19 technology with the rest of the world without charge, the pandemic would end soon. However, I think this means that inventors of new products would not be able to receive the attention and financial returns they deserve, which would discourage them from continuing to innovate. The worst scenario is that the next time the world faces an emergent problem, no one would even try to solve it.

On the other hand, sharing valuable information without any restriction stifles innovation. If a company’s latest technology could be accessed freely by their competitors, they could easily create similar products to compete with them. This would make the money and effort devoted to creating the technology not worthwhile. As a result, the company might stop inventing and also become a copycat. Since humanity will not go forward if we no longer innovate, I think it is extremely important for those who have dreamed up new products to keep valuable knowledge to themselves. 

In conclusion, even though sharing important information freely might make it possible for international issues to be solved more quickly, I believe doing so suppresses innovation and thus should not be allowed. (274 Words)

How to Vary Your Language

In my paraphrase of the question statement, I used the same vocabulary but different grammar. In my body paragraphs, I used the following expressions to avoid repeating “share important information freely”:
  • Increase transparency 
  • Make important information freely available 
  • Share valuable information without any restriction

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    1. Hi, thanks for your comment. Yes, it’s correct. Here, “to” is a preposition so “creating” should be used.

  1. Could you evaluate this essay, how much can I get?

    Currently, people have different views about sharing information of scientific research, business and academia freely. Some people think that sharing information is a good thing while others believe that information is valuable and should not be shared freely. I, however, think, some information is, really, too crucial to be disseminated without any cost.

    Few people do believe that information sharing in academia, research and business world is good,owing to the variety of factors. First and foremost, in order to develop poor countries sharing cost free information is necessary. Since the students and researchers from those countries are unable to purchase journal articles with a high cost. For instance, Bangladesh, a developing country, where more than 20% of the population living below the poverty line. The citizen of the country cannot manage their daily meal let alone by an article to carry out research. Secondly, classifying research information and its result create disparity among the countries. To illustrate, when an advanced nation know about the cure of a virus the information should have to be passed to others by leaps and bounds and freely.

    On the contrary, there are also people who think that few information is vital and that should not be shared without cost. There argument is, if information goes to the peoples hand freely, it becomes valueless, every now and then. People consider those information lighlty, as they got this without money and hurdles. For example, According to a study conducted by Social Research Centre, after getting valuable information freely, more than 60% of the people believe that it’s unnecessary and fake. Additionally, if information shared freely it would become an unjustice to the researchers as they worked very hard and spent a high cost to carry out the study.

    In conclusion, though some people consider that, few information should be disseminated freely; nonetheless, I believe that, all information is too precious to be shared free of cost.

    1. Is ‘copycat’ informal? Yes, it is, but do not make the mistake of thinking that it is therefore unsuitable for academic writing. Only poor scholars adopt expressly “academic” language to hide the fact that their thought is confused. Indeed, the more complex your thought, the simpler should be the language you use to convey it.

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