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DCS 206 - Past, Present, and the Possible Dystopian Future of Computing

Try Searching in An Article Index:

An article index is like Google Search if it only searched journal articles.  Below you will find several article indexes that should help you zero in on some relevant scholarly sources.

Does Bates Have That Journal?

Helpful Hint: Try Searching Within a Single Journal 

  1. From the Ladd Library home page, select the "Journals by Title" link beneath the Library Search box.
  2. On the resulting new page enter the title or ISSN of the journal you want to search.
  3. Select your desired journal from the search results and then use the "Search Inside" box to search for articles within the journal.

A Short List of Popular Magazines Accessible Through Ladd Library:

Scholarly Books:

In edition to the large number of physical books about climate change located in the Ladd Library stacks, you also have access to many more electronic books on the subject.  To see a complete list, search the Bates library catalog.  Several good examples are provided here:

Predictive Policing

  • Machine Learning Risk Assessments in Criminal Justice Settings (2019) Link
  • The Cambridge Handbook of Race and Surveillance (2023) Link
  • Criminal Futures Predictive Policing and Everyday Police Work (2021) LInk

Artificial Intelligence (A.I) in Society

  • Handbook of Critical Studies of Artificial Intelligence (2023) Link
  • Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (2014) Link
  • Towards a Code of Ethics for Artificial Intelligence Research (2017) Link
  • The Cambridge Handbook of Artificial Intelligence : Global Perspectives On Law and Ethics (2022) Link
  • The Reasonable Robot : Artificial Intelligence and the Law (2020) Link

The Data Divide

  • Closing the Digital Divide: Connecting Native Nations and Communities to the 21st Century [One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session] (2011) Link
  • DATA DIVIDE: How Emerging Technology and its Stakeholders can Influence the Fourth Industrial Revolution (2022) Link
  • Gender and Computers : Understanding the Digital Divide (2003) Link


  • Bitcoin and Beyond : Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains, and Global Governance Link
  • Regulation of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technologies Link
  • Blockchain Revolution : How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World Link

Underrepresentation / Marginalization in Computing / STEM

  • Gender Differences at Critical Transitions in the Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty Link
  • Women and Underrepresented Minorities in Computing Link
  • Participation in Computing : The National Science Foundation's Expansionary Programs Link
  • Interrogating Whiteness and Relinquishing Power: White Faculty's Commitment to Racial Consciousness in STEM Classrooms Link
  • Innovations in Improving Access to Higher Education Link

Newspaper article search across multiple newspapers simultaneously:

Use Proquest News and Newspapers to search across many newspapers simultaneously.  Newspapers include the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

Browse a List of Newspapers Available Electronically at Bates:

A (Small) List of Blogs You Might Find Useful:

These blogs often discuss the intersection of technology and society and can be useful for framing additional research into more academic sources. None of this content is endorsed by Bates, nor should the fact that a link listed here be taken as an endorsement.  They are simply meant to be an example of the kinds of sites present on the web that are actively engaged in discussions about the intersection of society and technology.

For all of these sites, locate the search tool and search within to locate content related to your interests (e.g. "data privacy", etc.).

  • Ars Technica
  • Hacker Noon
    This blog has a strong focus on cryptocurrency.
  • Torrent Freak​
    "TorrentFreak is a publication dedicated to bringing the latest news about copyright, privacy, and everything related to filesharing. We are not a news aggregator, but focus on unique and fresh stories. TorrentFreak is where news and filesharing collide. We try to be the source of all the latest breaking news in the p2p world. Every year we also publish an in depth review of VPN services."
  • The Verge
    "The Verge...examine[s] how technology will change life in the future for a massive mainstream audience."

Professional Organizations and Author Databases: