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Diving Into the Bitstream
Information Technology Meets Society in a Digital World

ISBN 9780415807142
Published August 29, 2012 by Routledge
296 Pages

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Book Description

Nationwide, and indeed worldwide, there has been a growing awareness of the importance of access to information. Accordingly, information technology (IT), broadly defined and its role beyond the internal workings of businesses has leapt into the social consciousness.

Diving into the Bitstream distinguishes itself by weaving together the concepts and conditions of IT. What distinguishes these trends is their focus on the impacts of IT on societies, and the responsibilities of IT’s creators and users. The author pulls together important, often complex issues in the relationships among information, information technologies, and societal constructs.

The text explores a synopsis of these issues that are foundations for further consideration.

Table of Contents

1. What’s it All About?  2. Information to Suit – As You Like it  3. Connections – The Internet and the Web  4. That is to Say – Free Expression, Privacy, and Security  5. What’s Mine is Whose? – Intellectual Property  6. You, Me, and Everyone Else – Alone Together and Vice Versa  7. Attack of the Bits – From Nuisance to Cyber Warfare  8. Mind and Machine – Artificial Intelligence  9. We Are What We Do – Ethics and Responsibilities  10. The Future Lays Ahead – We’re off to See…?

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M. Barry Dumas is a Professor of Computer Information Systems at the City University of New York, Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business, USA.