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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. This text explores social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional and economic implications of computing from a computer scientists point of view.
It covers the issues students will face both as members of a technological society and as professionals in computer-related fields. One of its goals is to develop computer professionals who understand the impli This text explores social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional and economic implications of computing from a computer scientists point of view. One of its goals is to develop computer professionals who understand the implications of what they create and how it fits into society at large-another is to bring these issues to the attention of students outside of computer science.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 18, Juleah rated it liked it. Read it for class. Shelves: social-imps , author-publisher-supplied. I plan on using it again and would recommend it to others. I plan on switching to the latest edition next academic year. A very nice update to the previous edition.
In a field like this it is tough to keep up with the changes. Baase does a good job of this. Aug 01, Sean Brown added it. A very informative and interesting book, great for anyone planning on going into Library Science or any kind of IT field!
I think this book gave a good overview on the murky moral waters that come with technological progress. It made me realize that some concepts I had previously thought were simple to solve actually are more nuanced than they appear. I think Chapter 6 had weird amounts of bias in an otherwise neutral book.
Other than that, it was an OK read that every computer science professional should read or at least be aware of the topics discussed. Jan 02, Elizabeth rated it liked it. I read this for a social informatics class. It was surprisingly entertaining for a textbook, and I learned quite a lot. I won't go so far as to say it's a digital literacy must read - but it would definitely benefit anyone who wants a working knowledge of the history of issues like online privacy, the evolution of copyright, and what information technology actually means in the 21st century.
Apr 15, Ashlyn rated it really liked it Shelves: Not a perfect text to address the ethical issues facing technologists, but overall very well done. It's clear the authors tried to present these topics without bias. I think it would benefit from having more examples in opposite camps for each topic.
Jan 15, Omnia rated it really liked it. Apr 30, Dorian Benitez rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Klyne Smith at the University of Texas at Dallas. Spring semester. Required reading for class this is a good start into exploring the Ethical, Socil and legal issues facing technology and those who work in the filed.
I have used previous editions of this book as the basis for my Social Implications of Computer course and was very happy with it. While some improvements have been made in this latest edition and the writing is still superb, on the whole I believe it is not as good as it used to be. There's just too much missing for how much book there is for me to highly recommend basing a course on it. Some of my reading notes: - Updates to the Work chapter are excellent - The chapter on Evaluating and Controllin I have used previous editions of this book as the basis for my Social Implications of Computer course and was very happy with it.
Some of my reading notes: - Updates to the Work chapter are excellent - The chapter on Evaluating and Controlling Technology contains a very good discussion on evaluating information.
I may have missed it but this chapter seems to have no mention of the Amish, an excellent example of a society that executes the chapter title. Illustrations often make simple what words can make seem complex. Sep 20, Morgan Sanchez rated it really liked it Shelves: tech. A good, bite-sized textbook that touches on general issues of the information age.
The information presented in this text may be outdated, but it serves a great purpose in identifying the major issues that plague a world inundated with internet and internet services.
Almost all major topics of computing are explained, from cyber security to the surveillance state. As well as this, a decent-sized section on the legality of computer usage and hacking makes for interesting reading more than a decade A good, bite-sized textbook that touches on general issues of the information age. As well as this, a decent-sized section on the legality of computer usage and hacking makes for interesting reading more than a decade later.
Baase offers insightful commentary and jam-packed information in this text, and those interested in the early history of modern computing will find a lot to pore over. Recommended reading for tech enthusiasts even in more recent times. This book covers subjects ranging from hacking to telecommuting to proper testing techniques and everything in between.
The author remains neutral, presenting benefits and risks equally throughout the book, and a great deal of history in the process. Her style is to ask questions of the reader to help with critical thinking. The text includes many real world examples and flows well, making this an easy and informative read. Jan 03, Jonathan Howard rated it did not like it. This book is pedantic and the author reveals a complete lack of understanding how the world works.
Many of the 'complex problems' outlined in the book are obvious. The author's views on important topic such as freedom of information, hacking, and software engineering are at times ridiculous and frustrating. I took college level class with this book and while the class itself was interesting and facilitated good discussion; the textbook was universally loathed.
It's a great book for ethical studies especially for undergraduate students. Nov 23, Lorence John marked it as to-read. May 25, Brenda Wamsley added it. Jun 12, Travis rated it really liked it Shelves: This was quite an interesting read actually. It gave a lot of background on court rulings that have really shaped the digital media landscape we have today. I studied this book in the university AOU, it's nice. Feb 08, Ruth Kyle rated it liked it Shelves: read-in Read for class.
Had some interesting parts but I'm just not a computer nut! KT Weaver rated it liked it Dec 10, Mark Schellhase rated it it was ok Mar 09, Edrian Irizarry rated it liked it Jan 08,
Gift of Fire, A: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues for Computing Technology, 4th Edition
A Gift of Fire: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues for Computers and the Internet
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