Computer Ethics References
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This course is a survey of the ethical issues involved in computing. It discusses the way that computers and software pose new ethical questions or pose new versions of standard moral problems and dilemmas. It stresses case studies that relate to ethical theory.
In light of recent scandals affecting the business world such as the Enron and Worldcom debacles, the need for studies in ethics is more relevant now than ever before. A great deal of ethical quandries presently deal with electronic information, computers and the internet. Software piracy, MP3s, email spamming, and hacking are just a few of the issues that present ethical dilemmas to members of the information technology community. The computer science student must acquaint him or herself with these issues and develop an ethical imperative so that he/she can be a productive member of society.
This course is designed to educate existing and future business managers and IT professionals on the tremendous impact ethical issues play in the use of information technology in the modern business world. The topics covered are extremely current and relevant to anyone preparing to enter the field of IT. Students will get the foundation they need to make appropriate decisions when faced with difficult situations and make a positive impact in the field of information technology.
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in computer ethics.
Topics covered in this class include:
Read course description and grading philosophy
Computer Ethics, 3rd edition, by Deborah G. Johnson, Prentice hall, 2001
Other books or articles of interest:
International Center for Information Ethics, (ICIE) and their journal.
Ethics course by my colleague Marsha Woodburry, at UIUC. This used to serve as our textbook.
Another Ethics course by Edward Gheringer
Other site, and a newer one he suggested
Herman has published numerous books and articles about computer and information ethics from which I just mention two: "Readings in CyberEthics" (co-edited with Richard Spinello) Sudbury, MA, second ed. 2004 and "Ethics and Technology" John Wiley & Sons 2004. More about the work of Herman Tavani
Online ethics for engineering and ethics
Some of my papers on ethics:
Tentative syllabus by Jordan.
See also his MS project on ethics
Other texts on ethics that may be useful to you include:
The Killer Robot
A Robbie CX30 robot killed its operator at CyberWidgets, Inc. in Silicon Valley. Could someone have programmed the robot to ice that guy? In the Valley many feel it won't be easy to assign blame.
In this book (the Killer Robot) a dynamic exploration of a fictional industrial accident and the possible ramifications of poor engineering design are presented in an informative, yet entertaining look at how computers can affect society. Enjoy the reading and take notes for class...
Go over the different cases portrayed in the site above, taken from the book.
Killer or programmer? quiz...
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Sample summaries by students.
Last updated 2/27/10