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A Gift of Fire: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues for Computing Technology (4th Edition) 4th Edition

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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 4 edition (August 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132492679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132492676
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.2 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the 4th edition of A Gift of Fire: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues for Computing Technology, author Sara Baase takes a broad look at the social, legal and ethical issues around technology and their implications. Baase notes that her primary goal in writing the book is for computer professionals to understand the implications of what they create and how it fits into society.

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.
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This book is for a college class which I've not yet started so I cannot speak to the quality of the book but I must give forewarning because I did not see this anywhere on Amazon.

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.
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I was required to read this book for a J-term course and it was very interesting. Sara Baase does an excellent job of discussing relevant, modern day issues and tying it with important historical reports about computing in our society. Even if you aren't taking a computer class, you should definitely read this book if you want to know more about the various topics in computers today.
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By Pedro on September 19, 2012
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This book covers many topics related to computer history as well as law and ethical issues regarding new technology's and the ones that were left in the past. I'm a student and I most likely tend to get bored reading but thanks to Sara Baase who did a wonderful job in the recent update. I got hooked reading because you feel like you are reading today's newspaper of computer events, new technology's and how they affect today's social life. I recommend this book to anyone!
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While I don't really care about this book and need it for class, it's definitely worded well. It explains the issues simply and gives cases for students to look at. I had to do a 40 minute presentation on Chapter 4 'Intellectual Property'. I knew what intellectual property was, but the book enabled to me to have a better understanding for my presentation.
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This book was truly terrific, informative, and quite educational. I love it and we read it from chapter to chapter. We used it consistently throughout my 8 weeks of class. Great book, even to read if you are not taking the class.
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So easy to rent with Amazon. The content of the book was just OK. Each chapter covers a social, legal or ethical issue in technology. Some of the issues are rather old and the issues have been resolved or have morphed into more than what the book covers.
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While the contents of this book might be good, I cannot get over how hard the format makes it to read. The digital download version isn't an eBook, as much as it's a large PDF. This precludes it from flowing or being re-sized. The only option is to zoom, which then makes you move around at least after every sentence if not more frequently.

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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