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

Front Cover
Pearson Education, 2003 - Computers - 464 pages
"A Gift of Fire" covers the challenges and implications of computer technology--and the responsibilities of professionals who design and use computer systems. Topics include privacy (data-collection and surveillance technologies and issues), freedom of speech, computer failures, intellectual property, hacking, critics of technology, and more.

Updated with new material throughout, this text continues to provide a comprehensive look at new issues. Intended for students preparing for careers in computer science and students in other fields interested in issues that arise from computer technology, this book can be used in both introductory and advanced classes about computing or technology. Recurring Themes

Controversies and alternative points of view such as privacy versus law enforcement, freedom of speech versus restricting content on the Internet, intellectual property protection versus access to information, and banning tools and technologies that have beneficial and harmful impacts.

Perspectives: Comparing risks and problems of computer technology with other technologies, non-computerized alternatives, and benefits of computers.

Solutions to computer-related problem from technology, the market, management, education, and law. Instructional Tools

Hundreds of exercises, many based on real cases, many, suitable for class discussion or student presentations.

Instructor's Manual at http: //www-rohan.sdsu.edu/faculty/giftfire.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

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

User Review  - Ruth Kyle-devendorf - Goodreads

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



10 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2003)

Sara Baase is Professor Emeritus with the Department of Computer Science, San Diego State University, where she won awards for outstanding teaching. Her textbooks in computer science have been translated into several languages. Dr. Baase received her doctoral degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Bibliographic information