IN WRITING THIS BOOK, I HAVE CHANNELED THE WISDOM, SUPPORT, influence, and inspiration of family, friends, colleagues, and institutions, which I acknowledge with appreciation.
The final push to complete the manuscript occurred in 2008 while I was on sabbatical leave from New York University (NYU). As a visitor in the School of Social Science, I enjoyed the outstanding working conditions at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at Princeton. Seven years earlier, as a Member participating in the program on Information Technology and Society, key ideas for the book gelled. I am grateful for both of these opportunities and for the interest and encouragement of IAS permanent faculty present during both of my stays— Eric Maskin, Joan Scott, and Michael Walzer, whose Spheres of Justice served in many ways as a model for the framework of contextual integrity.
During the mid-1980s and early 1990s, as a graduate student and postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, one of the epicenters of the digital boom, I was captivated by the promise of computers and information technology. There, many of the questions raised in the emerging field of “ computer ethics,” including those concerning privacy, took on an air of urgent reality. The opportunity to co-teach a course, “Computer Ethics and Social Responsibility,” with Terry Winograd, expanded my horizons. Lively debates both inside and outside the classroom, and exposure to the organization Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, revealed the importance of adopting broader societal and political perspectives on key issues in the field.