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This text explores social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional and economic implications of computing from a computer scientists 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 impli This text explores social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional and economic implications of computing from a computer scientists 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 bring these issues to the attention of students outside of computer science.


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This text explores social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional and economic implications of computing from a computer scientists 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 impli This text explores social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional and economic implications of computing from a computer scientists 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 bring these issues to the attention of students outside of computer science.

54 review for A Gift of Fire: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues for Computers and the Internet

  1. 5 out of 5

    Juleah

    Read it for class

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sean Brown

    A very informative and interesting book, great for anyone planning on going into Library Science or any kind of IT field!

  3. 5 out of 5

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Maisha

    I think this book gave a good overview on the murky moral waters that come with technological progress. It made me realize that some concepts I had previously thought were simple to solve actually are more nuanced than they appear. I think Chapter 6 had weird amounts of bias in an otherwise neutral book. Other than that, it was an OK read that every computer science professional should read or at least be aware of the topics discussed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I read this for a social informatics class. It was surprisingly entertaining for a textbook, and I learned quite a lot. I won't go so far as to say it's a digital literacy must read - but it would definitely benefit anyone who wants a working knowledge of the history of issues like online privacy, the evolution of copyright, and what information technology actually means in the 21st century. I read this for a social informatics class. It was surprisingly entertaining for a textbook, and I learned quite a lot. I won't go so far as to say it's a digital literacy must read - but it would definitely benefit anyone who wants a working knowledge of the history of issues like online privacy, the evolution of copyright, and what information technology actually means in the 21st century.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alistair

    Not a perfect text to address the ethical issues facing technologists, but overall very well done. It's clear the authors tried to present these topics without bias. I think it would benefit from having more examples in opposite camps for each topic. Not a perfect text to address the ethical issues facing technologists, but overall very well done. It's clear the authors tried to present these topics without bias. I think it would benefit from having more examples in opposite camps for each topic.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Omniyyah

    كتاب جداً ممتع ويجعلك تفكر بشكل أكبر وتتسائل، كان مقرر علي أجزاء منه بالجامعة لكني قرأته بشكل جانبي لشدة اعجابي بالمحتوى وأسلوب الكاتبة بالاضافة إلى أهمية الأمور التي ناقشتها وتعرضت لها من وجهة نظر أخلاقية وفلسفية.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dorian Benitez

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read this textbook for my Professional Responsibility in Computer Science and Software Engineering course, SE 3162, with Dr. Klyne Smith at the University of Texas at Dallas. Spring 2019 semester.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Randy Daugherty

    Required reading for class this is a good start into exploring the Ethical, Socil and legal issues facing technology and those who work in the filed.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    I have used previous editions of this book as the basis for my Social Implications of Computer course and was very happy with it. While some improvements have been made in this latest edition and the writing is still superb, on the whole I believe it is not as good as it used to be. There's just too much missing for how much book there is for me to highly recommend basing a course on it. Some of my reading notes: - Updates to the Work chapter are excellent - The chapter on Evaluating and Controllin I have used previous editions of this book as the basis for my Social Implications of Computer course and was very happy with it. While some improvements have been made in this latest edition and the writing is still superb, on the whole I believe it is not as good as it used to be. There's just too much missing for how much book there is for me to highly recommend basing a course on it. Some of my reading notes: - Updates to the Work chapter are excellent - The chapter on Evaluating and Controlling Technology contains a very good discussion on evaluating information. I may have missed it but this chapter seems to have no mention of the Amish, an excellent example of a society that executes the chapter title. - Be nice if there were chapters/sections on: - The History of Computing - Critical Thinking / Logical Arguments - I wish there were footnotes, makes the reading that much easier - Editorializing could be perceived as good or bad - Only three images in the entire book, all comic strips. Illustrations often make simple what words can make seem complex. - Near complete lack of discussion concerning military related computing - Weak coverage of Trade/Service Marks and Trade Secrets (Software as a Service) - The chapter on Crime might be better rearranged in chronological order, easier to follow and better set the context of its message. - The chapter on Errors, Failures, and Risks would be well served by including a section on the 1990's Patriot Missile. - Chapters often refer to one another making this a more difficult text to cover in an alternate order. - The chapter on Professional Ethics and Responsibilities is missing discussion of what a profession is, common attributes of professions, and the role those attributes play.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Sanchez

    A good, bite-sized textbook that touches on general issues of the information age. The information presented in this text may be outdated, but it serves a great purpose in identifying the major issues that plague a world inundated with internet and internet services. Almost all major topics of computing are explained, from cyber security to the surveillance state. As well as this, a decent-sized section on the legality of computer usage and hacking makes for interesting reading more than a decade A good, bite-sized textbook that touches on general issues of the information age. The information presented in this text may be outdated, but it serves a great purpose in identifying the major issues that plague a world inundated with internet and internet services. Almost all major topics of computing are explained, from cyber security to the surveillance state. As well as this, a decent-sized section on the legality of computer usage and hacking makes for interesting reading more than a decade later. Baase offers insightful commentary and jam-packed information in this text, and those interested in the early history of modern computing will find a lot to pore over. Sidebars include case studies and recent events {from back then} that help to flesh out certain aspects of internet law and study. Recommended reading for tech enthusiasts even in more recent times.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tania

    This book covers subjects ranging from hacking to telecommuting to proper testing techniques and everything in between. The author remains neutral, presenting benefits and risks equally throughout the book, and a great deal of history in the process. Her style is to ask questions of the reader to help with critical thinking. The text includes many real world examples and flows well, making this an easy and informative read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Howard

    This book is pedantic and the author reveals a complete lack of understanding how the world works. Many of the 'complex problems' outlined in the book are obvious. The author's views on important topic such as freedom of information, hacking, and software engineering are at times ridiculous and frustrating. I took college level class with this book and while the class itself was interesting and facilitated good discussion; the textbook was universally loathed. This book is pedantic and the author reveals a complete lack of understanding how the world works. Many of the 'complex problems' outlined in the book are obvious. The author's views on important topic such as freedom of information, hacking, and software engineering are at times ridiculous and frustrating. I took college level class with this book and while the class itself was interesting and facilitated good discussion; the textbook was universally loathed.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mayurathan

    It's a great book for ethical studies especially for undergraduate students It's a great book for ethical studies especially for undergraduate students

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lorence John

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  16. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Wamsley

    Good.informative.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    This was quite an interesting read actually. It gave a lot of background on court rulings that have really shaped the digital media landscape we have today.

  18. 4 out of 5

    ~wow~ h_wow

    I studied this book in the university AOU, it's nice. الكتاب ممتع وأسلوب الكاتب جذاب ،، كان مقرر علينا في الجامعة I studied this book in the university AOU, it's nice. الكتاب ممتع وأسلوب الكاتب جذاب ،، كان مقرر علينا في الجامعة

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Kyle

    Read for class. Had some interesting parts but I'm just not a computer nut! =) Read for class. Had some interesting parts but I'm just not a computer nut! =)

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