The Social Impact of Computers

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"The Social Impact of Computers" is a guide to the social implications of current and future applications of computers. Among the basic themes presented are: the changing nature of work in response to technological innovation as well as the threat to jobs; personal freedom in the machine age as manifested by challenges to privacy, dignity and work; the relationship between advances in computer and communication technology and the possibility of increased centralization of authority; the emergence and influence of artificial intelligence and its role in decision-making, especially in military applications; the growing importance of information as both a means to improve productivity and as a commodity in its own right; the hidden influence of computers as microprocessors are embedded in a myriad of products and the diffusion of the personal computers at work, at home, in schools, and elsewhere. The book also discusses a number of issues that have not been treated in sufficient depth in a single source. These include: popular attitudes towards computers; recent advances in robotics and industrial automation; military applications of computers; computers and the home; the emerging information society; videotext systems; office automation; computers and telecommunications; computer impact on working conditions; patents and copyright issues; computer crime; privacy issues; information technology in the political process; the influence of the department of defense in computer science research and education; international competition; women and computing, and ethics and professionalism in computing.

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The insights provided will make people think about many aspects of their daily routines and perspectives that they otherwise take for granted

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This book provides a comprehensive treatment of such major social issues as computer crime, intellectual property rights, privacy, free speech, access, and work from both an American point of view as well as those of other countries. New material in theThird Editionincludes a description of the long antitrust proceedings against Microsoft, issues related to the downloading of music and video files, attempts to control controversial content on the Internet, increasingly dangerous viruses and worms, and security issues following the terrorist events of September 11, 2001. Computer applications in such areas as business, medicine, education, and government are critically reviewed with respect to their related social implications. The opening three chapters include a brief history of computers and computation and a discussion of the role of technology in contemporary society. The book concludes with an overview of issues related to ethics and professionalism for computer scientists.

KEY FEATURES:
* Presents comprehensive coverage of important social issues related to computers and the Internet
* Covers Internet security issues post 9/11
* Discusses intellectual property issues related to downloading music and video files
* Outlines free speech issues related to Internet content
* Discusses increasing threats to individual privacy of Internet users
* Covers possible ethical challenges for computer scientists
* Includes a critical examination of computer applications and associated social implications

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