Ethical and Social Issues in the Information Age / Edition 5

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Advances in computing and information science are often outpacing the ability of legal systems to keep pace, and different paradigms applied to the same ethical issues can often lead to conflicting conclusions. This continues to apply even in the new post-PC era of miniature information-enabling devices.

"Ethics and Social Issues in the Information Age" examines ethical, social, and policy challenges stemming from the emergence of cyberspace, the convergence of telecommunication and computing technologies, and the miniaturization of computing, telecommunication, and other information-handling products.

The book provides thought-provoking questions about the impact of these new technologies, with particular emphasis placed on the growth of the Internet, artificial intelligence, cyberspace, and virtual reality. It assumes a modest familiarity with basic computer literacy.

Topics and features: *Describes how changes in technology influence morality *Considers what should be covered in a professional code of conduct for IT professionals *Provides a historical survey of computing, cyberspace, and computer crime *Assesses workplace concerns related to privacy, surveillance, and virtual officesv *Offers a pertinent discussion on civil liberties, harassment, and discrimination

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Editorial Reviews

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From the reviews of the third edition:

"It is encouraging to encounter a textbook for undergraduate students that is devoted to information age ethics ... . This third edition contains three new chapters. ... I appreciate Kizza's work in the ethical education of information technology (IT) students. ... Overall, I recommend this very basic ... but significant educational topic as an introductory text." (Brad Reid, ACM Computing Reviews, December, 2008)

From the reviews of the fourth edition:

“It could work in a computers and society course for students majoring in information technology or in a general education computers and society course for students with other majors. … Companies that have a serious and ongoing commitment to ethical and privacy issues might use the book as a reference. … I recommend this book to those who develop computer and business ethics coursework; it is as good as any other option available.” (J. Fendrich, ACM Computing Reviews, October, 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781447149897
  • Publisher: Springer London
  • Publication date: 3/31/2013
  • Series: Texts in Computer Science Series
  • Edition description: 5th ed. 2013
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 372
  • Sales rank: 767,877
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Joseph Migga Kizza is Professor and Director of the Center for Information Security and Assurance at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, USA. He is also the author of the successful Springer title Guide to Computer Network Security, now into its second edition.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1 Introduction to Social and Ethical Computing
2 Morality and the Law
3 Ethics, Technology, and Value
4 Ethics and the Professions
5 Anonymity, Security, Privacy, and Civil Liberties
6 Intellectual Property Rights and Computer Technology
7 Social Context of Computing
8 Software Issues: Risks and Liabilities
9 Computer Crimes
10 New Frontiers for Computer Ethics: Artificial Intelligence, Cyberspace, and Virtual Reality
11 Cyberspace and Cyberethics
A The Digital Millennium Copyright Act
B The Federal False Claims Act
C: Projects
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