Gift of Fire, A

Gift of Fire, A : Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues for Computing Technology

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For courses in Computer Ethics and Computers and Society.

An objective study of technology ethics that inspires critical thinking and debate

In Gift of Fire, A: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues for Computing Technology, Sara Baase presents a balanced exploration of the social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and the controversies they raise. With an objective computer scientist's perspective, and with historical context for many issues, Baase covers the issues readers will face both as members of a technological society and as professionals in computer-related fields. A primary goal is to develop computer professionals who understand the implications of what they create and how it fits into society at large. This text encourages readers to think about the ethics and philosophical direction behind topics but doesn't them lead students to conclusions. The 5th Edition contains updated material on new topics and examples, outdated material has been removed, and several topics have been reorganized. New material appears throughout, including material on current trending topics such as drones and autonomous cars.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 175.26 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 703.07g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 5th edition
  • 0134615271
  • 9780134615271
  • 2,215,260

Table of contents

1. Unwrapping the Gift
1.1 The Pace of Change
1.2 Change and Unexpected Developments
1.2.1 Self-Driving Vehicles
1.2.2 Connections: Mobile Phones, Social Networking, and the Internet of Things
1.2.3 E-commerce and Free Stuff
1.2.4 Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Sensors, and Motion
1.2.5 Tools for Disabled People
1.3 Themes
1.4 Ethics
1.4.1 What is Ethics, Anyway?
1.4.2 A Variety of Ethical Views
1.4.3 Some Important Distinctions
2. Privacy
2.1 Privacy Risks and Principles
2.1.1 What Is Privacy?
2.1.2 New Technology, New Risks
2.1.3 Terminology and Principles for Managing Personal Data
2.2 The Business and Social Sectors
2.2.1 Marketing and Personalization
2.2.2 Our Social and Personal Activity
2.2.3 Location Tracking
2.2.4 A Right to Be Forgotten
2.3 The Fourth Amendment and Changing Technology
2.3.1 The Fourth Amendment
2.3.2 Background, Law, and Court Decisions
2.3.3 Applying the Fourth Amendment in New Areas
2.4 Government Systems
2.4.1 Video Surveillance and Face Recognition
2.4.2 Databases
2.4.3 Public Records: Access versus Privacy
2.4.4 National ID Systems
2.4.5 The NSA and Secret Intelligence Gathering
2.5 Protecting Privacy: Technology and Markets
2.5.1 Developing Privacy Tools
2.5.2 Encryption
2.5.3 Blocking Ads
2.5.4 Policies for Protecting Personal Data
2.6 Protecting Privacy: Theory, Rights, and Laws
2.6.1 A Right to Privacy
2.6.2 Law and Regulation
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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.

Timothy M. Henry has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from Old Dominion University, and was awarded a PhD in Applied Math Sciences from the University of Rhode Island. He began his IT career as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, and among his early tours, he was the Information Resources Manager (what is today a CIO) at the Coast Guard's training center in Yorktown, VA. Dr. Henry then switched over to education and taught mathematics and computer science courses at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy. As his time there ended, he was offered a great opportunity to work with 'bleeding-edge' technology in a research and development environment and oversaw projects for law enforcement, first responders, healthcare, and education. For the next decade he continued to work as a project manager on large corporate- or state-wide information systems. During that time, he obtained his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

He then returned to a university setting where he has been teaching ethics, programming, cybersecurity, and project management for over 15 years. He now serves as IT Graduate Director at the New England Institute of Technology.

In addition to co-authoring A Gift of Fire: Social, Legal and Ethical Issues for Computing Technology with Sara Baase, he has co-authored two data structure textbooks with Frank Carrano, Data Structures and Abstractions with Java and Data Abstractions and Problem Solving in C++: Walls & Mirrors, which won the 2016 McGuffey Longevity Award from the Textbook and Academy Authors Association.
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