Start: June 6, 2002
End: June 8, 2002
Place: Sheraton Capital Center Hotel, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
As the scope and impact of information and communication technology (ICT) has grown, society has begun to struggle with such issues as privacy and security, equitable access, freedom and responsibility in online speech, human-machine interaction, and the impacts of ICT on work, leisure and education. In the rush to develop a faster microprocessor or a "killer" application, it often seems that the engineers and computer scientists responsible for the development of ICT have little or no awareness of these matters. Over the past two decades a growing number of engineers, computer scientists, social scientists and ethicists have begun to focus attention on ethical and socially responsible use of ICT, a difficult task that is compounded by the rapid pace of technological development. The goal of ISTAS'02 is to bring together ICT professionals, computer science and engineering educators, teachers and scholars in the humanities and social sciences, policymakers, students, and ICT users for the purpose of establishing critical dialogue on the social and ethical dimensions of ICT.