Computers, Ethics, and Society / Edition 3

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Ideal for students in sociology, philosophy, and computer science courses, Computers, Ethics, and Society serves as a reminder that although technology has the potential to improve or undermine our quality of life, it is society which has the power to ultimately decide how computers will affect our lives. Computers, Ethics, and Society, now in its second edition, provides a stimulating set of interdisciplinary readings specifically designed to understand these issues. The readings examine current computer problems, discussing them at a level that can explain future realities.

"It looks wonderful for a more specialized course. It provides needed background and also looks at today's issues."--Richard Lee, University of Arkansas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195143027
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/14/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,319,833
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

University of Delaware
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Table of Contents

Ethical Contexts
Philosophical Ethics
1. The Best Action Is the One with the Best Consequences, John Hospers
2. The Best Action Is the One in Accord with Universal Rules, James Rachels
3. The Best Action Is the One that Exercises the Mind's Faculties, Aristotle
Professional Ethics
4. ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, Association for Computing Machinery
5. Using the ACM Code, Ronald E. Anderson, Deborah G. Johnson, Donald Gotterbaum, Judith Perrolle
6. Can We Find a Single Ethical Code?, Robert N. Barger
7. The Morality of Whistle-Blowing, Sissela Bok
8. The Ethics of Systems Design, Batya Friedman and Peter H. Kahn, Jr.
9. Are Hacker Break-ins Ethical?, Eugene H. Spafford
10. Using Computers As Means, Not Ends, Herbert L. Dreyfus and Stuart E. Dreyfus with Tom Athanasion
Historical and Cultural Contexts
11. Technology Is a Tool of the Powerful, Philip Bereano
12. A History of the Personal Computer, Robert Pool
13. Informing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman
14. Why the Future Doesn't Need Us, Bill Joy
15. Boolean Logic, Michael Heim
Social Contexts
16. Privacy in a Database Nation, Simson Garfinkel
17. The GNU Manifesto, Richard M. Stallman
18. Crossing the Digital Divide, Jessica Brown
19. Gender Bias in Instructional Technology, Katy Campbell
20. Computers and the Work Experience, Anthony M. Townsend
21. Information Technologies and Our Changing Economy, Martin Camoy
22. Music: Intellectual Property's Canary in the Digital Coal Mine, National Research Council
23. The Case for Collective Violence, Craig Summers and Eric Markusen
24. Activism, Hacktivism, and Cyberterrorism, Dorothy E. Denning

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