-- Computer Ethics
(last updated 1/11/2006)
For several reasons, it is important for you to be aware of current
events, particularly as they relate to computer and information
technology. Thus, every Friday, we will discuss one or more
current event involving some facet of Computer Ethics. Everyone
must come prepared to discuss a particular news item. In order to
do that, you must be regularly reading the news. Don't wait until
Thursday night to look for a story; spend 10 minutes every day scanning
the headlines within a new source's legal or political category.
When you find a story the interests you, read the full article, and
consider the ethical and technological issues involved. Generate
one or more launch-point questions for discussion.
On Fridays, bring to class a sheet of paper with your name on it and a
title or heading for the issue. You should include a short (one
or two sentences each) identification of the ethical issues and
technological issues. (Be sure to keep them distinct.)
Below that, one or more discussion questions.
From everyone's submissions, I will semi-randomly select a topic to
discuss. Since you will all have access to the same news sources,
I will expect each of you to be at least acquainted with the topic that
gets selected. If you need suggestions on where to look, try the
newspapers in the library, Slashdot,