The department is hosting a blog
to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1973 publishing of a seminal textbook, Social Issues in Computing
, by two of the department's professors, C.C. (Kelly) Gotlieb
and Allan Borodin
. The book tackled a wide array of topics of continued interest today: 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. As the blog introduction
notes, "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 anniversary blog features posts by distinguished members of the intellectual community, and an interview with authors Gotlieb and Borodin. The blog reflects on the book's topics, considers how they developed over time, and explores emerging topics in the area of Computing and Society.
The blog is available HERE.