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The Social Impact of Computers - Richard S. Rosenberg

The Social Impact of Computers

Paperback Published: 5th March 2004
ISBN: 9780125971218
Number Of Pages: 728

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Technology does not invite a close examination of its own consequences because of its lengthy, intimate, and inevitable relationship with culture. In particular, the Internet has delivered mixed blessings despite extravagent claims that it has revolutionized our lives and world. Issues concerning ethics and professionalism, privacy, autonomy, free speech, and ethics have often been recognized but rarely receive the careful analysis and illumination they deserve. Most of this Third Edition of The Social Impact of Computers is a study in the success of the computer in its incredibly wide variety of forms and applications. Its new chapters and reorganized material from the previous editions keeps its coverage of these issues appropriate and relevant.
Richard Rosenberg has been instrumental in developing national and international privacy policies, particularly with respect to electronic media, as well as national and international approaches to free speech on the Internet. Professor of Computer Science at Dalhousie University, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
* New chapters on free speech, intellectual property rights, and computer crime and security
* Revised chapter on the information society
* Two revised chapters on the government, including an analysis of the Microsoft antitrust case

Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Computers Are Everywherep. 1
Introductionp. 1
A Variety of Applicationsp. 6
The Internetp. 17
Societal Issuesp. 22
Summaryp. 30
Notesp. 31
Additional Readingsp. 34
Computers and the Human Imaginationp. 35
Introductionp. 35
The Intelligent Machine in Fact and Fictionp. 36
Computers as a Creative Mediump. 41
Contemporary Views of the Machinep. 53
Artificial Intelligence: A Brief Introductionp. 54
Summaryp. 62
Notesp. 63
Additional Readingsp. 66
Criticism and Historyp. 69
Introductionp. 69
Comments on Technological Changep. 70
A Brief History of Computersp. 85
The Emergence of the Chipp. 98
The Internetp. 105
Summaryp. 106
Notesp. 107
Additional Readingsp. 110
The Business Worldp. 113
Introductionp. 113
The Early Years: Data Processing Systemsp. 116
Information Technology and New Business Modelsp. 125
E-Commerce and E-Managementp. 137
The Office of the Futurep. 150
Social Issuesp. 161
Summaryp. 164
Notesp. 166
Additional Readingsp. 171
Medicine and Computersp. 173
Introductionp. 173
Medical Information Systemsp. 175
Medical Applicationsp. 182
Computers and the Disabledp. 189
Medicine and the Internetp. 197
Social Issuesp. 204
Summaryp. 206
Notesp. 207
Additional Readingsp. 211
Computers and Educationp. 213
Introductionp. 213
Technology in the Schoolsp. 219
Computers in Higher Educationp. 227
Issues and Problemsp. 236
Summaryp. 243
Notesp. 244
Additional Readingsp. 247
Government and Computersp. 249
Introductionp. 249
Information Processing: Complexity and Bureaucraciesp. 252
E-Governance and the Futurep. 259
The Political Processp. 267
Security and the Nation's Defensep. 276
Issues and Problemsp. 284
Summaryp. 289
Notesp. 290
Additional Readingsp. 295
Free Speech on the Internetp. 299
Introductionp. 299
Early Free Speech Issues on the Internetp. 301
Legislative Attempts to Regulate Speech on the Internetp. 309
Technological Approaches to Regulate Contentp. 319
Other Issuesp. 323
Summaryp. 331
Notesp. 331
Addional Readingsp. 336
Privacy Protectionp. 339
Introductionp. 339
The Nature of Privacyp. 349
Privacy Legislationp. 356
Other Privacy Issues on the Internetp. 367
Freedom of Informationp. 376
Issues and Problems: Present and Futurep. 379
Some Privacy Implications of September 11p. 388
Summaryp. 396
Notesp. 397
Additional Readingsp. 403
Intellectual Property Rightsp. 407
Introductionp. 407
History, Definitions, and Intellectual Property Lawsp. 412
Intellectual Property Cases for Computers and Softwarep. 420
Intellectual Property Cases and Events for Internet Music and Videosp. 424
Recent Intellectual Property Cases for Computer Softwarep. 429
Summaryp. 433
Notesp. 434
Additional Readingsp. 437
Computer Crime and Securityp. 439
Introductionp. 439
Viruses, Worms, and Hackersp. 440
Other Crimes and Issuesp. 450
Security: Crime and Terrorismp. 456
Summaryp. 461
Notesp. 461
Additional Readingsp. 464
The Role of Government in the New Market Placep. 465
Introductionp. 465
Industry Regulationp. 468
Electronic Banking and Financial Transactionsp. 486
Other Online Regulatory Issuesp. 497
Other Issuesp. 508
Summaryp. 511
Notesp. 512
Additional Readingsp. 517
Employment and Unemploymentp. 519
Introductionp. 519
Experiences of Workersp. 522
Computers and Employmentp. 526
Telecommuting and Remote Workp. 554
The Response of Unionsp. 559
Women, Computers, and Workp. 563
The Changing Nature of Workp. 570
Summaryp. 578
Notesp. 579
Additional Readingsp. 585
The Information Societyp. 589
Introductionp. 589
The Making of the Online Worldp. 591
Communicating Onlinep. 601
Virtual Communitiesp. 611
Accessp. 626
Prospects for the Internet and the Information Highwayp. 636
Risk and Securityp. 639
Final Remarksp. 642
Summaryp. 644
Notesp. 646
Additional Readingsp. 652
Ethics and Professionalismp. 657
Introductionp. 657
Ethicsp. 662
Professionalismp. 668
Pedagogy and Ethicsp. 681
Other Issuesp. 694
Summaryp. 702
Notesp. 703
Additional Readingsp. 707
Magazines, Journals, Associations, and Websitesp. 711
Indexp. 717
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ISBN: 9780125971218
ISBN-10: 0125971214
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 728
Published: 5th March 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.09  x 4.17
Weight (kg): 1.18
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised