Computers, Ethics, and Society

ISBN-10: 0195143027
ISBN-13: 9780195143027
Edition: 3rd 2003 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/14/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

In today's world, computers can have complex and contradictory effects on human life. They can enhance our quality of life by creating access to previously unimagined worlds. On the other hand, as computers become increasingly important in our everyday lives, their potential to strip away our privacy and autonomy increases exponentially. Computers, Ethics, and Society, now in its third edition, offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary set of readings on the ethical and social implications of computer technology. Taking into account technological, social, and philosophical issues, the contributors consider topics such as the work-related ramifications of automation, the ethical obligations of computer specialists, and the threats to privacy that come with increased computerization. Thoroughly up-to-date in its coverage, this collection includes articles on specific ethical dilemmas related to contemporary issues and events. Essays new to the third edition cover such topics as cyber-terrorism, the ethics of downloading music from Internet sites, and the question of whether human beings may someday be "replaced" by artificial intelligence and computer technology. An ideal text for sociology, philosophy, and computer science courses, Computers, Ethics, and Society, 3/e, reminds students that although technology has the potential to improve or undermine our quality of life, societal forces ultimately have the power to decide how computers will affect our lives.

Preface
Ethical Contexts
Philosophical Ethics
The Best Action Is the One with the Best Consequences
The Best Action Is the One in Accord with Universal Rules
The Best Action Is the One That Exercises the Mind's Faculties
Professional Ethics
ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
Using the ACM Code
Can We Find a Single Ethical Code?
The Morality of Whistle-Blowing
The Ethics of Systems Design
Are Hacker Break-ins Ethical?
Using Computers as Means, Not Ends
Historical and Cultural Contexts
Technology Is a Tool of the Powerful
A History of the Personal Computer
Informing Ourselves to Death
Why the Future Doesn't Need Us
Boolean Logic
Social Contexts
Privacy in a Database Nation
The GNU Manifesto
Crossing the Digital Divide
Gender Bias in Instructional Technology
Computers and the Work Experience
Information Technologies and Our Changing Economy
Music: Intellectual Property's Canary in the Digital Coal Mine
The Case for Collective Violence
Activism, Hacktivism, and Cyberterrorism

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