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Social Issues In Computing

CBI's archivist Arvid Nelsen has been accumulating sources to add to the Social Issues in Computing Collection, here is a working bibliography of books, journals, pamphlets, “zines,” and other print resources now available at CBI.

2009 Exhibit on Social Issues In Computing Collection

Many collections and materials on the history of computing document the development of the technology itself and of the persons and companies responsible for it. The perspective represented often seems neutral with perhaps an implicit sense that such developments are or were positive. Such a perspective, however, is and has not been universal. Various communities have seen cause for concern arising from both the computer industry and computing itself, in respect to the impact on jobs, military activities or the perception of specific cultural communities. Fear of such developments can often be seen, but so can hope as communities discuss strategies for coping with - or better yet, capitalizing on - the developments of technology, resulting in a continuum of ideas ranging from the highly worried to the utopian.

Exhibit Cases

Many of these materials are ephemeral -- pamphlets and journals created by individuals and small groups, often self-published and bearing the design and physical characteristics recognizable in "zines." The ephemerality and possibly small production numbers of such materials may be responsible for the fact that such materials are not represented in more library collections, but so too may be the idea that the history of computing really is and ought to be the one telling the stories of companies and their products. We hope that the materials we show here will raise awareness of human stories as computers and the industry impact and transform the way people work, play and communicate.

Economics, Workers, and the Workplace

The Chip and Robot Revolution
Numerical Control of Work
Processed World 28
Processed World 29
Bizarro Processed World
Robot Revolution
Computers and Socialism

Military & Environmental Concerns

The Death Culture in Santa Cruz
Illiac IV
Technological Warlords
Silicon Valley: Paradise or Paradox

Community Voices

The Black Computer Survival Guide
Caught in the Web
Access Denied
Mark of the Beast
The Hippie and the Computer

Physical Exhibit

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These materials are covered under the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).