A Gift of Fire

A Gift of Fire : Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues for Computers and the Internet: International 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.show more

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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 179 x 233 x 18mm | 670g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 2nd edition
  • 013121988X
  • 9780131219885

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*Extensively updated material--Free speech issues on the Internet (censorship, spam, anonymity); privacy threats on the Web; search and surveillance technologies and their impact on the Fourth Amendment; government interception of telephone calls and e-mail (Carnivore, Echelon); intellectual property in cyberspace; computer crime (hacking, hacktivism, online fraud). * Explores new and emerging issues and controversies and presents students with many arguments and viewpoints. *Recent significant laws, court cases and decisions--Includes the Napster case, recent Web censorship attempts, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. * Enables students to apply arguments to actual cases and understand controversies in a concrete context. *Added boxed information. * Highlights and describes examples, cases, and issues. *Added and updated exercises--Now totaling approximately 300. * Engages students in lively class discussion or individual presentations.show more

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. Epilogue. Appendix A: The Software Engineering Code and the ACM Code.show more

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.show more

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