Computers and Society

SIGCAS is looking for a new chair, if you are interested please mail Information on the ACM@UIUC SIGCAS mailing list including how to subscribe and unsubscribe. This list is for SIGCAS meeting announcements and related events and information.

SIGCAS is a "forum ... to gather and report information, exchange ideas, and arouse concern about impact of computers and society. The main concern is ethical and philosophical implications."

Topics include societal issues raised by computing technology including quality of life, ethics and information infrastructure impacts.

Things of Interest to SIGCAS members

Rob Kling published paper titled "SIGCAS' Crisis and Its Role in Advancing Social Analysis in Computer Science".

National ACM maintains a SIGCAS information page.

CPSR conferences are often of direct interest to SIGCAS members.

NETFUTURE by Steven Talbot "is a newsletter with approximately weekly postings. It looks beyond the generally recognized "risks" of computer use such as privacy violations, unequal access, censorship, and dangerous computer glitches. It seeks especially to address those deep levels at which we half-consciously shape technology and are shaped by it. What is half-conscious can, after all, be made fully conscious, and can become material for public discussion and policy-making"

Ben Gross maintains some related pages covering: privacy, security and cryptography which are common topics at SIGCAS meetings.

Some current issues

Information on Computer Related Repetitive Strain Injury from Paul Marxhausen at University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

The Typing Injury FAQ Archive has a lot of information on equipment, therapies, software, how to get on the RSINet mailing list, and general information about typing injuries.

Health: Workplace: Computer Related Health Hazards from Yahoo.

The Copyright Website "endeavors to provide real world, practical and relevant copyright information of interest to infonauts, netsurfers, webspinners, content providers, musicians, appropriationists, activists, infringers, outlaws, and law abiding citizens."

Sex, Censorship, and the Internet by Carl M. Kadie. This talk was presented to the Student Chapter of the ACM on April 28, 1994. The talk covers both the application academic-freedom and library-intellectual-freedom to academic and public computer facilities. Within his page Carl covers a wide array of current issues, outcomes, and suggested policy.

Related sources of information

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
The mission of CPSR is to provide the public and policymakers with realistic assessments of the power, promise, and problems of information technology. As concerned citizens, CPSR members work to direct public attention to critical choices concerning the applications of information technology and how those choices affect society.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation
The EFF is a non-profit civil liberties public interest organization working to protect freedom of expression, privacy, and access to online resources and information.

IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology
The IEEE SSIT's scope includes such issues as environmental, health and safety impacts of technology, engineering ethics, and social issues related to energy, information technology and telecommunications. The SSIT publishes a quarterly journal, IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, and periodically sponsors The International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS).

The Society for Electronic Access
"The purpose of SEA is to help make our corner of the digital world a civilized place to live, work and visit. We believe that the world of computers and the communications links that bind their users together (cyberspace) should be open to everyone. Furthermore, if this new medium is to have a chance of fulfilling its great potential, the same civil rights that protect our freedom in the physical world must prevail in cyberspace."

UBC Centre for Applied Ethics
The University of British Columbia's Centre for Applied Ethics is primarily an interdisciplinary research centre which studies a diverse range of topics, including health care practices, business and professional procedures, new information technologies and environmental issues.

UNM Computer Ethics Archive
The University of New Mexico's FTP site for archiving computer ethic and data access policies.

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