Tom Kelliher, CS 200
Jan. 27, 2004
Read Chapter 2.
Find five good Web sites addressing the issues surrounding computer
ethics (Examples: privacy, security, property rights, and responsibility.)
- Chapter summary.
- Discussion questions.
Philosophical underpinnings of computer ethics.
- Policy vacuums and conceptual muddles.
- What is different about computing? Is computing different enough
that it requires new laws, new moral approaches, new social conventions?
Which of these tools should be chosen?
- Is computing technology value-neutral?
- Why does computing outstrip the ability of society to come to terms
- Shouldn't computing professionals act so as to ensure that computing
furthers the social good? What are our obligations?
- What is speech? What are the characteristics of Internet
communication? Is Internet communication speech? How free should Internet
communication be? (DCA.)
- Should software be ``free?'' How about music? Other forms of
intellectual property (IP)? (DMCA, etc.)
- What should be done about SPAM? What are the difficulties? What
does this tell us about the scope of the Internet?
- Should public records be online?
- Should law enforcement and insurance companies have access to
automotive black box data?
Thomas P. Kelliher
Tue Jan 27 10:33:19 EST 2004