Hal Berghel: Computers and Society

(online readings to accompany CS301, F22, UNLV)

Notes concerning the Readings:

  1. The reading assignment for each applicable class period will be clearly identified in the course syllabus.
  2. Links to all readings appear below. Note that most of the assigned readings are available to UNLV students without charge through UNLV licensing agreements with the publishers. However, the terms the license agreements determine the degree of openess of the access. In the case of IEEE Xplore and the ACM Digital Library, open access is restricted to UNLV IP addresses. Thus, if you're off-campus, you will need to first connect to a UNLV server (e.g., through the Lied Library VPN) in order to avoid the paywalls. Should any link be broken, simply search for the title on the corresponding digital library portals.
  3. For those publishers who do not have a license agreement with UNLV, I will provide alternative access through my offprint server.
  4. A study guide accompanies the readings. All exam questions relating to the assigned readings will come from this study guide. (note: this may be updated during the semester, so prior to any exam, check the last revision date to ensure that the copy you have is current.)
  5. There are approximately 100 pages of reading assignments for this semester.

Week of August 29: Technology, Information, and Innovation (23 pages of readings)

  1. Technology Abuse and the Velocity of Innovation, Cutter IT Journal, 28:7, pp. 12-17, July, 2015
  2. Bad Faith Technology, Cutter IT Journal, Cutter IT Journal, 29:5, pp. 20-24, May, 2016
  3. Vehicle Telematics: The Good, Bad, and Ugly, IEEE Computer, 52:1, pp. 62-70, 2019. DOI: 10.1109/MC.2019.2891334
  4. Prosperity Theology Goes Online: Will This Be a Fifth Great Awakening?, IEEE Computer, 55:7, pp. 104-110, July, 2022. DOI: 10.1109/MC.2022.3170217

Week of September 5: Disinformatics (23 pages)

  1. Disinformatics: The Discipline behind Grand Deceptions, IEEE Computer, 51:1, pp. 89-93, January, 2018. DOI: 10.1109/MC.2018.1151023
  2. Trolling Pathologies, IEEE Computer, 51:3, pp. 66-69, 2018. DOI: 10.1109/MC.2018.1731067
  3. Sticky Wikis IEEE Computer, 47:9, pp. 90-93, 2014. DOI: 10.1109/MC.2014.263
  4. New Perspectives on (Anti)Social Media, IEEE Computer, 53:3, pp. 77-82, March, 2020. DOI: 10.1109/MC.2019.2958448
  5. Lies, Damn Lies, and Fake News, IEEE Computer, 50:2, pp. 80-85, 2017. DOI: 10.1109/MC.2017.56
  6. Weaponizing Twitter Litter: Abuse-Forming Networks and Social Media, IEEE Computer, 51:4, pp. 70-73, 2018. DOI: 10.1109/MC.2018.2141019

Week of September 12: Information Technology and Democracy (27 pages)

  1. The QAnon Phenomenon: The Storm Has Always Been Among Us, IEEE Computer, 55:5, pp. 93-100 ,May, 2022. DOI: 10.1109/MC.2022.3154125
  2. Computing Technology and Survivable Journalism, IEEE Computer, 46:5, pp.93-97, 2013. DOI: 10.1109/MC.2013.165
  3. Malice Domestic: The Cambridge Analytica Dystopia, IEEE Computer, 51:5, pp. 84-89, 2018, DOI: 10.1109/MC.2018.2381135
  4. Legislating Technology (Badly), IEEE Computer, 48:10, pp. 72-78, October, 2015. DOI: 10.1109/MC.2015.304
  5. Coda in the Key of F2654hD4, IEEE Computer, 49:9, pp. 104-109, September, 2016. DOI: 10.1109/MC.2016.273

Week of September 19: Computing, Crime, Professional Ethics and You (Re: ABET Student Learning Outcome 4). (22 pages)

  1. Phishing Mongers and Posers, Communications of the ACM, 29:4, pp. 21-25, 2006. DOI: 10.1145/1121949.1121968
  2. Equifax and the Latest Round of Identity Theft Roulette, IEEE Computer, 50:12, pp. 72-76, 2017. DOI: 10.1109/MC.2017.4451227
  3. A Critical Look at the 2019 College Admissions Scandal, IEEE Computer, 53:1, pp. 72-77, 2020. DOI: 10.1109/MC.2019.2951211
  4. Codes of Ethics in a Post-Truth World, IEEE Computer, 52:3, pp. 76-80, 2019. DOI: 10.1109/MC.2019.2897496
  5. What Price Gonzo Ethics?, IEEE Computer, 48:12, pp. 88-93, December, 2015. DOI: 10.1109/MC.2015.355