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.”

Comments (3)
  1. Dave O'Leary says:

    At no time in the history of humanity has a commitment to ethics and professional been needed more than in our ICT dependent world. Expert knowledge and competence is both a great asset and a huge responsibility. Knowing that one of our brightest and most competent leaders, the amazing Kelly Gotlieb, identified the critical importance of ethics and professional to our profession from the beginning is not surprising and is one of his many gifts to us. What must happen now is that every one of us in this fastest growing field must become Kelly-like and embrace and live the values so clearly defined. We must ensure that the power of expertise is guided by the reason, passion and care of the ethical and professional mind. Thank you Kelly for showing the way.

    Dave O'Leary I.S.P., ITCP/IP3P

    Chair National Council Deans of IT

    Director & VP CIPS British Columbia

    Director ICTC

  2. Barbara Lee says:

    I hope the same best work from you in the future as well. In fact your creative writing ability has inspired me a lot.

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