Celebrating 40th Anniversary “Social Issues in Computing”

A few people were invited to contribute articles in honour of Kelly’s and Allan’s seminal book, Social Issues in Computing. The University of Toronto has a blog in celebration of the 40th anniversary in the publication of the pioneering work. Here are the initial entries:

Authors (Kelly) Gotlieb and (Allan) Borodin interviewed: http://socialissues.cs.toronto.edu/2013/01/interview-p1/

Vint Cerf (Internet inventor) “Social Issues in Computing And The Internet”: http://socialissues.cs.toronto.edu/2013/01/social-issues-and-internet/

John Leslie King, W.W. Bishop Professor of Information, University of Michigan, “Privacy: It’s Harder Than We Thought”: http://socialissues.cs.toronto.edu/2013/01/privacy-harder-than-we-thought/

William H. Dutton, Professor of Internet Studies, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, “The Enduring Social Issues in Computing”: http://socialissues.cs.toronto.edu/2013/01/enduring-social-issues-in-computing/

Stephen Ibaraki, Founder and Chair, IFIP IP3 Global Industry Council (part 1 of three/four articles), “ICT E-Skills and Professionalism in 2013”: http://socialissues.cs.toronto.edu/2013/01/ict-professionalism-in-2013-p1/

Stephen Ibaraki, Founder and Chair, IFIP IP3 Global Industry Council (part 2 of three/four articles), “PERSPECTIVES ON ICT PROFESSIONALISM IN 2013”: http://socialissues.cs.toronto.edu/2013/02/ict-professionalism-2013/

John DiMarco, IT Director Department of Computer Science and Blog Editor states: “In 1973, Kelly Gotlieb and Allan Borodin’s seminal book, Social Issues in Computing, was published by Academic Press.  It tackled a wide array of topics: Information Systems and Privacy;  Systems, Models and Simulations; Computers and Planning; Computer System Security; Computers and Employment; Power shifts in Computing; Professionalization and Responsibility; Computers in Developing Countries; Computers in the Political Process; Antitrust actions and Computers; and Values in Technology and Computing, to name a few.  The book was among the very first to deal with these topics in a coherent and consistent fashion, helping to form the then-nascent field of Computing and Society. In the ensuing decades, as computers proliferated dramatically and their importance skyrocketed, the issues raised in the book have only become more important.  The year 2013, the 40th anniversary of the book, provides an opportunity to reflect on the many aspects of Computing and Society touched on by the book, as they have developed over the four decades since it was published. After soliciting input from the book’s authors and from distinguished members of the Computers and Society intellectual community, we decided that this blog, with insightful articles from a variety of sources, was a fitting and suitable way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the book.”