UBC Reports | Vol. 50 | No. 7 | Jul.
The Social Impact of Computers
Mountains of Spam e-mails, viruses, worms, Internet predators
luring children away. . . After 20 years of surveying the
effects of computers and Internet use on society, Richard
Rosenberg hasn’t chucked his PC out the window yet.
But the UBC computer science professor has catalogued enough
computer-related social issues to fill three editions of his
book The Social Impact of Computers. The third edition, released
in April by Elsevier Academic Press, is almost 40 per cent
larger than the previous version. Not a surprise considering
that since his last update, we’ve faced the debate about
downloading music files, post 9-11 computer security concerns,
the Microsoft anti-trust proceedings and Internet crimes --
just to name a few.
Three editions later, Richard Rosenberg has plenty to
say about computers' impact on society.