CS 391 | Social and Ethical Issues in Computer Science

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Chapter 7 Computer and Network Security

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Chapter 6, Privacy and the Government

Chart show privacy concerns of major online companies
Learn more at Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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Chapter 5, Information Privacy

Deter, Detect, Defend your ID

Federal Trade Commission's education on ID theft. © USAGet Plugins.

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Chapter 4 Intellectual Property

Here is what I'd like you to accomplish this week:

  1. Submit a proposed topic for the Persuasive Paper.
  2. Read Chapter 4.
  3. Take the chapter quiz.
  4. Participate in discussions/activities.
Interesting Fair Use case: Beastie Boys vs Goldiblox.

Chapter 3 Networked Communications

Graph of spam volume, global estimated spam sent, billions of messages per day, 15th June 2010 to 14th June 2011.

Martin Lee of Symantec Corporation discusses the drop in spam emails in 2011. "The high water mark for spam was reached in July 2010 when approximately 230 billion spam messages were in circulation each day, accounting for 90% of all email traffic. This has now declined to 39.2 billion messages per day, accounting for only 72.9% of all email. The question is why?" (Lee 2011)

Here is what I'd like you to accomplish this week:

  1. Review the Workable Ethical Theories rubric.
  2. Read and discuss Chapter 3.
  3. Take the Chapter 3 Quiz.
  4. Read about the Persuasive Paper.

Are you addicted to the Internet? Take this quiz to find out your score.

More about Spam

The distribution of sources of spam by country, Q2 2013. © Kaspersky Lab 2013.

Chapter 2 Introduction to Ethics

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Damon Horowitz reviews the enormous new powers that technology gives us: to know more -- and more about each other -- than ever before. Drawing the audience into a philosophical discussion, Horowitz invites us to pay new attention to the basic philosophy -- the ethical principles -- behind the burst of invention remaking our world. Where's the moral operating system that allows us to make sense of it? © 2011 TED.



For many in the advanced field of computer science, the technological progress seems painfully slow. And yet, there are many who argue that the forces of technology are already too strong and changing the face of the earth too fast for society to cope. Clearly, there seems to be a need to pause and confront the social, legal, and ethical issues presented to us by the problems and advances in computer science if we are to be socially responsible producers and consumers of this technology.

Be informed. . . Read the Syllabus!

Why We Must Teach Ethics Along With Programming
By Joshua Rivera, FastCompany, 2014.


This course will be delivered via Blackboard, which allows students to read project objectives, introductions, scoring criteria, instructions, tutorials, and submit work to be scored. It also provides a forum for the Discussion of Readings. In addition, Bb allows you to email me for help.

Read the Email Etiquette page to learn best practices for communicating with the instructor.

Technical Assistance

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Getting Started

  1. Start by reading the Syllabus. Every detail is important so read it twice.
  2. Purchase your textbook right away; you'll need it for the weekly discussions and to learn material for the quizzes.
    • Choose between a hard copy and electronic copy.
  3. Instead of a midterm and final, you'll be writing a paper related to computer science in your chosen field of study. Read the instructions now, to get started with research.
  4. Need to ask a question? Please write me an email using this form. This form helps ensure your messages are not ignored.

Have a great term!

Ms Van Londen