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

Lilie King

Lilie King

Scored a 7 on the Writing Test Twice

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 the U.S. biotechnology company Moderna, for example. 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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5 Responses

    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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