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Media Alert: Expert Available to Speak on Impact of Information Technology on Society

December 4, 2002

Bentley College Computer Information Systems senior lecturer Coralee Whitcomb is available to speak as an expert on the impact of information technology on the individual and society.

Among the topics on which she can speak are: information ethics in the aftermath of September 11, Internet governance, online privacy, freedom of information, government policy on technology, social responsibility and technology use, intellectual property issues and bridging the digital divide.

For the past 13 years, Whitcomb has been involved in advocacy projects focused on providing universal access to computers and on developing telecommunication policies designed with the public interest in mind. She is president of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, a national, membership, advocacy organization that works to educate the public and policymakers on the power, promise and problems of information technology. CPSR is online at http://www.cpsr.org. Whitcomb also founded and served as president of Virtually Wired Educational Foundation, one of the first community technology centers in downtown Boston that served the homeless, until 1999.

At Bentley, Whitcomb teaches a course on "Issues and Topics in Computing" that introduces students to the political and social issues surrounding the Internet and emerging technology. Topics discussed include governance of the Internet, intellectual property rights, electronic terrorism and bridging the digital divide.

Whitcomb has a MS in Computer Information Systems from Bentley College and is a PhD candidate in Northeastern University's Law, Policy and Society program.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu

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