Social Issues in Information and Communication Technologies


Examination of major social issues related to the computerization of society. A unifying theme is the view of information technology as providing the means for social as well as technical control, with the various advantages and drawbacks this can mean. The social issues that are explored in greatest depth are those related to the computerization of work (displacement, skill, control, monitoring) and access to information (privacy, surveillance and freedom of information).

Additional topics may include: information infrastructure development, social vulnerability and risk, militarization, social choices in design, and the ethical responsibilities of information professionals.

This course is cross-listed with KMD2004H Knowledge Media, Culture & Society.


Pre-requisite: INF1001H
Exclusion: KMD2004H Knowledge Media, Culture & Society