Introduction

This book came into existence because of the intersection of personal passions and practical observations. The passions are both mine and those of the people profiled in these chapters. The practical observations, made over many years teaching both traditional and interdisciplinary computer science courses, I take responsibility for.

Courses designated as “computers and society” courses have often been designed for the freshman level or for a general audience. These courses serve a purpose. However, by placing these courses at that level and toward that broad of an audience, some people have questioned whether or not societal topics ...

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