Computers, Information Technology, the Internet, Ethics, Society and Human Values
Philip Pecorino, Ph.D.
Queensborough Community College, CUNY
Chapter 1. Introduction
Presentation of Issues
To set out where we are and how we got here and to gain some sense of what are considered to be some of the big issues please read:
READ about the past and the progression to the present:The Modern History of Computing and
Check out computers in this museum: Computer History Museum "'This is the web site of the Computer History Museum, whose home page contains the following invitation: “It’s not just a museum. It’s one of the largest collections of computer-related artifacts, documents, film, and photographs in the world. Here [on our web site], you can explore our online archives, browse the exhibits, or learn more about preserving this living history of the information age.”
Visit these other sites as you care to but consider that what is presented here for your consideration is all done with computers. No automobiles to get into or buses or trains or planes or horses to ride or walks to take to visit:
Virtual Museum of Computing http://vmoc.museophile.com This virtual museum includes an eclectic collection of World Wide Web (WWW) hyperlinks connected with the history of computing and on-line computer-based exhibits available both locally and around the world.
Charles Babbage Institute: Center for the History of Information
A History of Computers http://www.computercertificationcenters.com/it-information/brief-history-of-computers.html This is a computer-history site with much information and many links to other resources.
Virginia Tech History of Computing Web Site "This collection of materials relating to the history of computing is provided courtesy of the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech and is sponsored in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation (CDA-9312611) – a rich and rewarding resource!"
“Triumph of the Nerds” a web site associated with the PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) TV series on the history of computing entitled “The Triumph of the Nerds.”
A History of Information Technology and Systems
Always Adapting: The History of Computers sewelldirect.com/articles/History-of-Computers.aspx
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Last updated 8-2006 Return to Table of Contents