Formal education can rarely improve the character of a scoundrel.
- Derek Bok, President, Harvard University, 1982
but we're willing to try
A futurologist saw it another way:
Never let your sense of morals get in the way of
doing what's right - Isaac Asimov.
Moral character is formed by habitual action - Aristotle.
This course studies the social impact, implications and effects of computers on society,
and the responsibilities of computer professionals in directing the emerging technology.
Includes studies of reliable, risk-free technologies, systems which
provide user friendly processes. Specific topics include an overview of the
history of computing, computer applications and their impact, the computing
profession, career choices and challenges, and the legal and ethical responsibilities of professionals.
Table of Contents
- Announcements and New Information. Announcements about the course such as changes to the schedule, modifications to the assignments, and the installation of new pages will be posted to the course LISTSERV. All participants should ensure that they are on the distribution list.
- Course Outline
- Calendar. This is where you will find out what is happening in each class, together with a listing of the reading you should be doing in advance of each class. Through this page you will also have access to the course notes and overheads used in class.
- Department and Class Policies
- Site Map of this collection of course materials. If you forget where something is in the hierarchy of WWW pages, look here.
Just in case you did not know, CS 3604 cannot be used in a CS minor as the required 3XXX course and cannot be used for potential internal transfer applicants as a "higher level" course as a substitute for CS 1044/1344 and 1104 in the transfer requirements.
Among the tasks that you will be undertaking will be the need to search the web for information. The following sites may be helpful:
- All In One Search Page (access
to a multitude of search engines)
- LEXIS®-NEXIS® Academic Universe provides access to a wide range of news, business, legal, and reference information
- Or the one that I find to be an excellent source of materials "Ask
Ethics, Computers, Technology - A Listing of Textbook Resources in association with Amazon.com and chapters.ca.
"Should IT Professionals Be in the Ethics Business?", by Marsha Heller, CIO Magazine, 15 July 2000.
Similar courses are taught in several other institutions. You may want to
visit their home pages to get a different viewpoint on the topics covered herein.
(These links tend to change from semester to semester and from instructor to
instructor. Please tell us about
bad links, and if possible give the replacement URL.)
- COMPUTER ETHICS, by Robert N. Barger, University of Notre Dame
of Computing, Ethics, and Social Responsibility, Herman Tavani, Rivier
College, Southern Illinois University.
of South Florida (CIS 4250, Ethics & Computing, Kevin Bowyer)
- Washington State
University has an excellent collection of directories of articles which
users will find very useful.
- Internet privacy:
Legal and technical dilemmas (MIT 6.805/6.806/STS085: Ethics and Law on
the Electronic Frontier ).
Security, and Ethics, University of Illinois
- University of Pennsylvania
- Ethics in Computing, North
Carolina State University
State University, Long Beach
- University of Delaware
- Boise State University
- Duke University
- Stanford University,
CS 201, Computers, Ethics, And Social Responsibility.
- Engineering Ethics at Texas A&M.
- Wayne State
University Law School
- George Washington
- University of Western
Ontario: Cyber-communications: Communications and Learning Technologies
In Contemporary Society Information Studies 244F/G
- Computers, Ethics, and Society
(U. of Pennsylvania course CIS590, David Farber).
Here is the list of pointers to the course readings, many of which deal
with cryptography, Clipper, etc.
- Computers and Society (Washington
University EP/CS142, Lorrie Cranor).
Social and Ethical Issues in Computer Science (Oregon State University
CS391, Tim Budd).
- RMIT CS292 Professional
Development Home Page, Latrobe University, Australia.
Crimes, and Privacy, School of Law, Santa Clara University, by D. Friedman
- The School of Communications at California State University, Fullerton -
ETHICS ON THE WORLD WIDE
Corporate Ethical Concerns are Important Too:
- Office of Ethics and Business Conduct, Lockheed Martin Corporation: Corporate
Ethics, April 1999.
There are also several organizations that support the concepts of professional ethics in computing:
The Student Pugwash USA organization is also worthy of a visit.
Where to find information locally:
Department of Computer Science
CS UGRAD WWW Connection
Bok, Derek, Beyond the Ivory Tower: Social Responsibilities of the Modern University, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., p. 123, 1982.
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