Chapter 2 ~ The Ethical
In this chapter we begin in earnest to analyze relationships among technology and society. You will explore and discuss how professionals tackle complex problems using rational examinations, ethical theories, and laws which govern information technology (IT).
You'll learn to use a few tools to help you evaluate sources of information in an effort to understand the difference between factual and fake news.
Then, you'll examine recent Facebook scandal(s) to gain more experience writing from a factual and critical perspective.
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Explore Topics: Speech, Censorship, Cyberbullying, and Media Bias.
2.1 Explore Topics Introduction.
The relationships between our sources of news and what we think about the important issues those sources deliver to us can affect how we treat others related. Learn how in this introduction to fake news: Here’s How Fake News Works (and How the Internet Can Stop It)
The following activities will help you develop a better news-reading routine for your own edification as well as to improve your access to factual news for the purposes of this course.
2.2 Set up a news feed.
Using the SmartNews app on your phone, tablet, or Chromebook, you'll add trustworthy news sources to a news feed, which you can use to keep track of what's happening in the world of technology, as well as find relevant articles that support the writing for this and future projects.
- On your computer, tablet, or phone, search for the Smart News app using the Apple or Google Play store. Install the app.
- Scroll right through the tabs at the top to get to the gray navicon menu. Or, for iPhones, locate the (gear ⚙) menu and Edit Channels.
- Remove all news categories from the list except for Technology. The red Top and blue Discover tabs will remain. Click the X or ← to get back to the tabs.
- Click on the Discover tab and search for and add AP, Reuters, and PolitiFact. to the list of sources. Deselect all other news sources.
- Scroll to the Technology section. You may need to click the Show all link.
- Add one or more of these magazines to your feed to help with future research: Fast Company, Wired, CNET, Engadget, Tech Insider, ZDNet, The Register, MIT Technology Review, PCMagazine.
- Scroll through the new tabs and compare the headline writing style of the red Top area with those of AP and Reuters. Do you notice their differences? Are some headlines more factual or less sensational than others? How many technology-related articles are provided on the AP and Reuters news feed? Nearly every day there is some important news about companies we rely on!
- Take a look at FastCompany's feed. You'll usually notice they are focused on ethical issues as well as new technologies.
2.3 Set up the Template and Reading List.
Use the following template link to complete this research and writing assignment.
- Login to your OSU Google Account.
- Launch this chapter's Explore Topics Template.
- Do not request permission to use the file. Login to your OSU Google Account.
- Once you have the file open:
- → .
- Rename the new file so it includes your "First and Last name" in place of "Template".
- Move the file into a folder for this course.
- Add your name to the cover page.
- Read instructions on the cover page. When in doubt about how to write in the templates, refer back to this page for clarification.
- Refer to the green instructions below each page to understand what is required.
- The last page requires a bibliography.
Refer to writing instructions under each page of the template. Open articles in new tabs and add them to your bibliography tool.
- First Amendment (USA), Internet Censorship, Hate Speech, and Artificial Intelligence
- What Is Cyberbullying? (2019) or current cyberbullying topics at the Guardian
- Evaluating Sources using the Media Bias Chart
2.4 Edit, download, and submit the file.
- Ctrlc or ⌘c Copy the bibliographic entries you made during the Explore Topics reading and research. On the last page of the template, Ctrlv or ⌘v paste in the bibliographic entries. Select the list and apply the bullet or numbered list icon. Update the font size to 14 if necessary. Add more pages if necessary.
- Check and correct grammar and spelling using the built-in functions.
- From the menu, choose Download as PDF.
- Check to confirm that hyperlinks work in the new PDF file. If they do not work, then in the Assignment Commenting Box, leave a note stating which platform, operating system, and browser you used to print or download the PDF file.
- Copy of the file to a backup folder on your hard drive.
- Submit the PDF file by uploading it in the Canvas Assignment screen.
- Confirm that your file has uploaded by looking for the document icon in the Grades area.