A Gift of Fire: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues for Computers and the Internet (2nd Edition) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2002/7/15
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This book explores social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional and economic implications of computing from a computer scientist's point of view. It covers the issues individuals face as members of a technological society and offers guidance for professionals in computer-related fields. One of the book's goals is to develop computer professionals who understand the implications of what they create and how it fits into society at large. Chapter topics cover privacy and personal information, encryption and interception of communications, freedom of speech in cyberspace, intellectual property, computer crime, computers and work, broader issues on the impact and control of computers, and professional ethics and responsibilities. For programmers and software engineers.
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 goal is to bring these issues to the attention of students outside of computer science.
This book is not necessary for anyone who's been living on the internet since the late 90's. If you've been addicted to slashdot, reddit, and other tech-related social websites, it provides nothing but a tangible representation that certain things in the past did actually occur. Those certain things that you may remember well, if you're old enough, or if you've trawled archives of old tech radio shows, old zines, etc. It is a reference, a starting point.
Baase has clearly put a lot of effort into this book, especially the chapter on privacy(which her passion in this issue shows in the depth of discussion), but personally, I didn't really learn anything from it. The ethical issues I've seen before, the technology and specific events mentioned I've almost entirely encountered. It's a sign of the times, however -- 20 years ago books like this were needed to become ethically grounded in the field. Today, it's a footnote.
Save your money, and trawl[...] instead. Join your local 2600 and linux user group, and talk to people in your community. Find out what they are concerned of, aware of, in regards to computer technology, and research it. Because I guarantee the ethical choices that you'll make after interacting with real situations, with real people, and helping people with real problems, the ethical lessons that you will learn, will grossly trump anything this sterile, pinned-butterfly version could.
If you're a historian, this is probably not a bad buy.
I'm tempted to give it more stars for it's thoroughness, but it really wasn't a match for me, so I just can't.