Computer Technology and Social Issues

Computer Technology and Social Issues

G. David Garson (North Carolina State University, USA)
Projected Release Date: January, 1995|Copyright: © 1995 |Pages: 456
ISBN13: 9781878289285|ISBN10: 1878289284|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-87828-928-5


Political, economic, social and human factors determine the success of information technology. Is computing ushering in an age of “Big Brother” or a new era of electronic democracy? Does computing pose a dangerous threat to privacy, computer crime, gender inequity, disemployment? These pressing issues, in the context of efforts to develop a national public policy for information technology, are addressed in Garson's book Computer Technology and Social Issues.

This book addresses issues of proliferation of technology use and how it has affected users in every aspect of life. This is not a book for those who wish to define computing solely on technological terms. Nor, is it a book for those who wish to embrace only a utopian view of where computing is taking us as a society.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

G. David Garson is a full professor of public administration at North Carolina State University, where he teaches courses on American government, research methodology, computer applications, and geographic information systems. He was the recipient of the Donald Campbell Award (1995) from the policy studies organization, American Political Science Association, for outstanding contributions to policy research methodology and of the Aaron Wildavsky Book Award (1997) from the same organization. He is the author of Guide to Writing Quantitative Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Dekker, 2001), Neural Network Analysis for Social Scientists (1998), and Computer Technology and Social Issues (1995). In addition he is editor of Social Dimensions of Information Technology (2000), Information Technology and Computer Applications in Public Administration: Issues and Trends (1999), and the Handbook of Public Information Systems (1999). He has also authored or edited 17 other books and authored more than 50 articles. For the last 20 years he has served as editor of the Social Science Computer Review and is on the editorial board of four additional journals.