A Gift of Fire

A Gift of Fire : Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues for Computers and the Internet: United States Edition

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For courses in Computer Ethics and Computers & Society.

This text explores social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional and economic implications of computing from a computer scientist's 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 implications of what they create and how it fits into society at large-another is to help students outside of computer science understand the issues and controversies generated by computers and the Internet.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 175.26 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 657.71g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0130082155
  • 9780130082152

Table of contents

1. Unwrapping the Gift.

2. Privacy and Personal Information.

3. Encryption and Interception of Communications.

4. Can We Trust the Computer?

5. Freedom of Speech in Cyberspace.

6. Intellectual Property.

7. Computer Crime.

8. Computers and Work.

9. Broader Issues on the Impact and Control of Computers.

10. Professional Ethics and Responsibilities.


Appendix A: The Software Engineering Code and the ACM Code.
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About Sara Baase

Sara Baase is Professor Emeritus with the Department of Computer Science, San Diego State University, where she won awards for outstanding teaching. Her textbooks in computer science have been translated into several languages. Dr. Baase received her doctoral degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
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