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Ethical and Social Issues in the Information Age (Texts in Computer Science) [Hardcover]

Joseph Migga Kizza
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March 23, 2010 1849960372 978-1849960373 4th ed. 2010
This thoroughly revised and expanded fourth edition of the successful Ethical and Social Issues in the Information Age provides an up-to-date examination of the 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 information-enabling devices. This accessible textbook/reference broadly surveys thought-provoking questions about the impact of these new technologies, with particular emphasis on the rapid growth of a multitude of computer networks, including the Internet. It assumes only a very modest familiarity with basic computer literacy. Students at all levels who need to learn about computer ethics, the legal aspects of computing, network security, computer crime investigation, and biometrics will find this well-documented work an invaluable resource. The book is also highly useful for practitioners needing such insights for their work.


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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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Ethical dilemmas have risen in number and intensity with the increasing dependence of contemporary society on computers and computer networks. Despite the proliferation of expert remedies, viable solutions to computer security issues remain too elusive, and society continues to suffer at the hands of cyber criminals, vandals, and hackers. This thoroughly revised and expanded fourth edition of the successful Ethical and Social Issues in the Information Age provides an up-to-date examination of the 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 information-enabling devices. This accessible textbook/reference broadly surveys thought-provoking questions about the impact of these new technologies, with particular emphasis on the rapid growth of a multitude of computer networks, including the Internet. It assumes only a very modest familiarity with basic computer literacy. Topics and features: • Describes how changes in information technology influence morality and the law • Establishes a philosophical framework and analytical tools for discussing moral theories and problems in ethical relativism (NEW) • Offers a pertinent discussion on privacy, surveillance, civil liberties, harassment, and discrimination • Supplies an overview of the history of computing science in hardware, software, and networking (NEW) • Examines how developments in information technology have changed the traditional issues of intellectual property rights • Surveys the evolution of computer crimes, their types, costs on society, and strategies of detection and prevention, as well as techniques in electronic crime investigation • Discusses the new frontiers of ethics: virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and the Internet • Reviews the new realities of computer networks, and their implications for global ethics, culture, and economics (NEW) • Introduces the fundamentals of network-security system design and operation, revealing vulnerable areas in computer network infrastructure • Explores biometric techniques to system access control • Incorporates recent requirements for computer curricula • Provides exercises, objectives, and issues for discussion with every chapter This comprehensive text/reference provides updated discussion of the ethical and social issues that continue to evolve as computing and information technologies proliferate. Students at all levels who need to learn about computer ethics, the legal aspects of computing, network security, computer crime investigation, and biometrics will find this well-documented work an invaluable resource. The book is also highly useful for practitioners needing such insights for their work.

Product Details

  • Series: Texts in Computer Science
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 4th ed. 2010 edition (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849960372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849960373
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars A myriad of topics each discussed briefly February 19, 2000
Format:Hardcover
Excellent chapters covering morality, law, ethics, professional codes, and intellectual property rights. Provides a basic introduction to many topics that stimulate further study, research, and discussion. Discussion of social issues is limited. The weaker chapters are the modern areas of the information age such as cyberspace, the internet, email, privacy, security, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book that Raises Excellent Discussion Points January 5, 2009
Format:Hardcover
This book covers many topics, and is meant to provide more questions than answers. The author does an excellent job of discussing points that the reader is able to ponder on their own.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly assembled college text April 8, 2008
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Many chapters ramble on with insignificant facts making it difficult to see what point the author is trying to make. Typographical errors are abundant due to insufficient editing and proofreading. I recommend schools find a different text to ethics in technology courses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ethical and Social Issues in the Information Age May 2, 2012
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Great product, Great seller. I returned the book because after the first day my instructor said she was not going to use the book. The seller let me return the book and issued a full refund. A+++ serves thank you.
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