In 1987, Computer Professionals For Social Responsiblity (CPSR) began a tradition to recognize outstanding contributions for social responsibility in computing technology. The organization wanted to cite people who recognize the importance of a science-educated public, who take a broader view of the social issues of computing. We aimed to share concerns that lead to action in arenas of the power, promise, and limitations of computer technology.
The award is named for Norbert Wiener – (1894-1964), who, in addition to a long and active scientific career that brought the word “cybernetics” into the language and laid the foundation for many aspects of modern computing, was also a leader in assessing the social implications of that new and emerging technology.
CPSR’s 2008 Norbert Wiener Award given to Bruce Schneier. Bruce publishes his insights on his web site, blog, and in his current bestselling book: “Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly about Security in an Uncertain World”. He is author of famous book Applied Cryptography and many other books.
Previous winners include Phil Zimmermann, Peter Neumann, Marc Rotenberg, Mitch Kapor, Douglas Engelbart, and more than a dozen other luminaries.