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A Gift of Fire: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues for Computing Technology (4th Edition) 4th Edition
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The book is an interesting analysis of a broad set of topics. Combined with Baase's superb writing skills, the book is both an excellent reference and a fascinating read.
The books gets it title from the mythical tale of Prometheus, who stole heavenly fire and gave it to the human race, which then used it to empower civilization. Someone commented to the author that perhaps Pandora's Box may be a better metaphor to use, as Pandora's Box held all of the ills of mankind.
While Baase wrote the book to be used in her computer science course, the book is not an indigestible academic tome; rather a very topical reference. Its 9 densely packed chapters covering nearly 450 pages provide a comprehensive locus.
While legal themes are pervasive throughout the book, Baase writes that she is a computer scientist and not a lawyer and that appropriate legal counsel should be obtained before drawing any legal conclusions.
Chapter 1 opens with an overview of how change and unexpected developments effect IT projects and information technology. And that is the overall theme of the book, of how new things often have unexpected problems and results. Anyone familiar with the Risks Digest edited by Peter Neumann will be at home with these topics.Read more ›
If you are getting the Kindle version of this book be aware that you can only have this on TWO (2) devices. Typically Amazon allows for like 6 or 7 devices but the books' publishers must have requested to have this restriction in place.
I'd bought the Kindle edition so I could quickly read it as I traveled during my day. However, due to the font and format, I have to read it on my tablet in landscape to get a full line of text on the screen.
Working in the IT field, I'm not finding that this book provides any new information. It also doesn't seem to provide any guidance on the social or moral issues it presents. The tone is very passive from what I've read, which makes it very slow to read. I think the content would be great for student heading into the workforce, but not poor for anyone with an established career.
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The book I got had a lot of water damage, so much that the first part of the book was a pain to read.Published 23 days ago by Varun Kunchala
great book but it is missing pages in this book from 398 414 needed it for homework was not happy with that partPublished 3 months ago by robert waldron