CS3043 Social Implications of Information Processing
of Computer Science
Class Hours and Web Site
Monday and Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Section 1 - Joe Wong.
Office Hours: email for appointment.
Section 2 - Mike Ciaraldi.
Office: Fuller Labs 243
Office Hours: Monday and Thursday, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. or by appointment.
Teaching Assistant: Dave Markle
Office: Fuller Labs A20 (in the sub-basement)
Office hours: Wednesday 1:00-2:00 p.m., Friday noon-1:00 p.m.
See the list of reading assignments.
See the note about references.
Computers, Ethics & Social Values, Johnson and Nissenbaum, Prentice
We will study and discuss the issues involved in the proliferation of computers
in our lives and the world around us. The course will:
raise our awareness of the effect of computers and information technology
on our current and future ways of life,
encourage us to reflect on the responsibility of a computer professional
inform us the controversial issues of integrating computers into our lives
and the different points of view on these issues, and
help us develop the ability to form a personal opinion based on well thought
out arguments and to effectively present our positions.
Homework Paper & Project Rules
Plan out your papers carefully. Concisely define your issue(s), give some
state-of-the-art survey, lay out your thesis, support your arguments with
several attributions, and give some trade-offs.
To achieve our course objectives, it is imperative that you attend class
regularly and stay up to date on all readings and assignments. Late assignments
will not be accepted.
Writing Center Tutors
To help you refine your skills at presenting your positions, we will have
tutors from the writing center to help you with your homework assignments
||Class Discussion Topics
||Introduction, Course Content, Rules, Discussion
||Utopian, Dystopian Views. Homework 1 due
||Humans in Electronic Community
||No Class (Labor Day)
||Ethics and Professional Responsibilities. Draft of Homework
||Information Technology in the Workplace. Final version of Homework
||Reliability & Liability
||Intellectual Property. Crimes and Hackers
||Student Presentations - 1 (Homework 3)
||Student Presentations - 2 (Homework 3)
||Privacy. Homework 4 due
||Power and Access Issues
Class Presentations - 1. (Note: Class on Columbus Day)
Class Presentations - 2