Oregon State University

CS 391: Social and Ethical Issues in Computer Science

Oregon State University, College of Engineering

Chapter 10 ~ Extra Credit Options

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Students who would like the opportunity to share additional experiences with their classmates and improve their final grade may participate in one of the following extra credit activities.

If you are unclear about expectations, ask about them before you submit!

Option 1: Attend and write about a CS/IT-related event. (15 points)

Attend an Information Technology-related presentation with an ethical or social component to it. This can be a conference, symposium, colloquium, or seminar that you attended or watched online.

In paragraph 1, summarize the content of the presentation.

In paragraph 2, summarize what you learned from its content. What was new information? What did you have to think about in relation to other topics covered in the course and/or presentation?

In Paragraph 3, analyze the ethical issues...what are the positive aspects of the technology and what are the negatives? Include research to support your claims.

Write between 800 and 1000 words in third person in a word processing document with normal formatting. Hyperlink titles of supporting websites and articles which relate to the presentation. Paste the writing into the Extra Credit Discussion. Do not attach a file.

Local and regional in-person opportunities in Oregon will be posted in the Canvas Announcements. Check your own region's high-tech organizations' websites for other opportunities. Or add your city to the SmartNews app to see what is happening near you.

Here are a few places to check at OSU:

Option 2: Record a Case Study for ACM's Integrity Project. (15 points)

Take a look at ACM's Integrity Project: Promoting Ethics in the Profession page. Propose and communicate about a topic for the Integrity project (as per the Ask an Ethicist page).

Start by writing up the research in roughly 800 to 1000 words or refer to one of your best Case examinations created earlier. Produce a 5-minute or less YouTube video (or audio recording) that uses your research as a guide. Post a link to the movie in the Extra Credit Discussion.

Option 3: Analyze an Episode of Black Mirror. (15 points)

Watch an episode of Black Mirror, which is available on NetFlix. Describe the technology portrayed in the episode then analyze its affect on humanity.

The series has 20+ episodes to choose from. If you are unsure what to watch, start with The Entire History of You.

In paragraph 1, summarize and cite the content/plot of the episode.

In paragraph 2, describe the technology portrayed in the episode.

In Paragraph 3, analyze one or more of the ethical issues:

  1. What social norms might form?
  2. What could the terms of service for this technology look like?
  3. What laws could we use to regulate this technology?

Write between 800 and 1000 words in third person in a word processing document with normal formatting. Hyperlink titles of supporting articles, if any. Paste the writing into the Extra Credit Discussion. Do not attach a file.

Casey Fiesler. Black Mirror, Light Mirror: Teaching Technology Ethics Through Speculation. 2018. Medium. How We Get To Next.

Option 4: Tighten-up your digital footprint. (14 points)

Using Consumer Report's 66-ways-to-protect-your-privacy-right-now, Pick 7 or more steps from the checklist to complete, document, and evaluate.

In each of 7 paragraphs describe which steps you completed and justify them (why were they important to do so?). Evaluate each step and note what was easy and/or difficult about the process for each.

Write between 700 and 900 words in the first-person in a word processing document with normal formatting. Hyperlink titles of supporting articles. Paste the writing into the Extra Credit Discussion. Do not attach a file.

Scoring Criteria

If you have questions about how to use any of the required technologies for this lesson or what these criteria mean, please reread the relevant lessons, then ask the Instructor via the Canvas Inbox.

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By the end of chapter 3, these items must be included in the assignments to earn full points:

Option 1: Event

  1. Summary provides enough detail about the event's content.
  2. Summary provides enough detail about what was learned from the event.
  3. Analyze the positive and negative ethical considerations of the technology.
  4. Sources are cited with hyperlinked titles.

Option 2: ACM's Integrity Project

  1. Recording provides enough detail about the topic.
  2. Recording provides enough detail about the ethical issue.
  3. Sources are mentioned either verbally or in the credits.
  4. Voice quality and/or lighting of the recording is adequate.

Option 3: Black Mirror Episode Analysis

  1. First paragraph summarizes and cites the episode's content/plot.
  2. Second paragraph describes the technology portrayed in the episode.
  3. Third paragraph analyzes one or more of these ethical issues: 1) What social norms might form? 2) What could the terms of service for this technology look like? 3) What laws could we use to regulate this technology?
  4. Sources are cited with hyperlinked titles.

Option 4: Tighten-up your Digital Footprint

  1. First step is described, justified, evaluated, and cited in a paragraph.
  2. Second step is described, justified, evaluated, and cited in a paragraph.
  3. Third step is described, justified, evaluated, and cited in a paragraph.
  4. Fourth step is described, justified, evaluated, and cited in a paragraph.
  5. Fifth step is described, justified, evaluated, and cited in a paragraph.
  6. Sixth step is described, justified, evaluated, and cited in a paragraph.
  7. Seventh step is described, justified, evaluated, and cited in a paragraph.