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Ch 1: History & Social Impacts of Computer Science

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This chapter teaches you about the history of computer science and the impact it has had on society. Brief video lessons cover topics like different types of computer technologies and the effects of technology on the economy.

History and Social Impacts of Computer Science - Chapter Summary

Computer technology is so ingrained in our society that we often don't think about what life was like before computers. This chapter will take you on a tour of the history of computers and computer sciences, as well as touch on the affects different types of technologies have had on society. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain the different fields of computer science
  • Give a history of the evolution of computers
  • Discuss the impact information technology has had on the economy and personal privacy
  • Explain different information systems resources; i.e. networks, hardware, software, data and people
  • Discuss threats to computer security for organizations and individuals
  • Speak on the issues of intellectual property and open source software

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7 Lessons in Chapter 1: History & Social Impacts of Computer Science
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What is Computer Science? - Definition & Fields

1. What is Computer Science? - Definition & Fields

Computer science is a branch of science and technology that encompasses all aspects of a computer system including computer software, hardware, and networking. In this lesson, we will learn about it in more detail.

History of Computers: Timeline & Evolution

2. History of Computers: Timeline & Evolution

Modern computing has a rich history. Learn about the earliest computing devices developed by humans, the first electronic computers and the development of modern computer components, such as microprocessors and the graphical user interface, in this video lesson.

Information Systems Resources: Networks, Hardware, Software, Data & People

3. Information Systems Resources: Networks, Hardware, Software, Data & People

What are the resources an information system needs? Discover how networks, hardware, software, data and people work together to create usable information.

Information Technology: Impact on the Economy

4. Information Technology: Impact on the Economy

Information technology has impacted the economy in a number of ways. The most noticeable changes involve e-commerce, marketing tactics, facilitation of globalization, job insecurity, and job design. This lesson will explore a variety of concepts pertaining to the changing economy, including downsizing, outsourcing, the use of cookies, the benefits and costs of globalization, and the impact of e-commerce.

Impact of Technology on Privacy

5. Impact of Technology on Privacy

Technology has a number of social and ethical implications that cause debate and concern. One specific issue is privacy. Information technology has opened up society and decreased privacy. This lesson will explore a number of privacy issues that are of concern, including electronic surveillance, availability of personal information, cookies and spyware, and workplace monitoring.

Computer Security & Threat Prevention for Individuals & Organizations

6. Computer Security & Threat Prevention for Individuals & Organizations

Computer security and threat prevention is essential for individuals and organizations. Effective security measures can reduce errors, fraud, and losses. This lesson will explore unintentional threats and intentional threats. Various security measures and defenses will be explored, including encryption, firewalls, anti-virus, anti-spyware, passwords, back-ups, and biometric security.

Intellectual Property and Open Source Software: Issues and Concerns

7. Intellectual Property and Open Source Software: Issues and Concerns

One of the defining issues of the Internet era is intellectual property rights. The Internet has made it easy to access digital media and illegally copy it. This lesson will discuss intellectual property including protections through copyrights, trademarks and patents. We will also explore the open source movement and the growing trend toward free, unprotected software.

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