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  • Welcome to ComputingCases.org
    out a little about the people who have contributed to this project click below About the Creators Welcome to ComputingCases org a web site designed to help you teach ethical issues in computing On this web site you will find Extensive historical cases in computing ethics Each case includes several personal narratives timelines detailed social and ethical analysis teaching guidance and supporting documents Sets of classroom exercises and assignments associated with each case and keyed to the computing ethics curriculum In depth essays about teaching computer ethics with cases Some advice about constructing grading rubrics Background information about the various recommended computer ethics curricula A careful introduction to Socio Technical Analysis as a way of understanding the ethical issues in computing systems Guidance in using Socio Technical Analysis as a term long project to teach social and ethical issues Many additional resources Computingcases org is divided into two primary components case materials and general tools The case material section contains all the historical cases their supporting analyses and documents and the classroom exercises The general tools section contains all the remaining items from the list above including essays about teaching guides to computing ethics curricula and an index of the

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  • General Teaching Tools
    Us General Tools This section of the site is designed to give teachers of social and ethical issues in computing the background they need to teach the basics That background consists of Some advice about teaching with cases An introduction to the idea of Social Impact Analysis SIA Background documents of various computer ethics curricula and the expected knowledge and skills outcomes Some advice about constructing grading rubrics An index

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  • Case Materials
    would be interested in giving us as we revise the cases Educational Laptops PDF case 36 ms pages The Texas Legislature has been exploring various electronic media for delivery of textbooks to elementary and secondary students In 1989 the 71st Texas Legislature expanded the definition of textbook to include CD ROMS diskettes audio and video cassettes and laser discs The 75th Texas Legislature initiated a pilot test in several school districts so that updated supplements to the textbooks would be delivered through computer networks This large scale effort to supply students with laptop computers or even adequate access to computers presents a wide range of ethical issues The presentation of the case focuses on funding dilemmas in education the complexity behind computer supported learning and the interweaving interests publishers technology companies parents taxpayers that face decision makers in educational technology We include information from interviews done in Puerto Rico with people involved in a similar effort to incorporate technology into education Biomatrix PDF case 42 ms pages Biomatrix was a publicly traded pharmaceutical company that developed a treatment Synvisc for osteo arthritis Three individuals posted disparaging remarks about the company and Synvisc on Yahoo message boards for almost a year Biomatrix sued the three individuals and won This was the first time online material has been found capable of containing libel Presentation of the case focuses on the decisions that message board operators had to make as the case came to light but also include design issues legal issues and ethical issues in online message board systems Carnivore PDF case 41 ms pages Traditional wiretaps are usually placed on the suspects phone line in hopes of capturing a spy or a criminal These methods have always occasioned discomfort in the civil liberties community With the advancement in communications technology and

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  • About The Ethics in Computing Website
    especially interested in the social and ethical implications of computing and hopes to work in this area Christina will graduate in the spring of 2001 and hopes to take a year away from school to join either AmeriCorps or the Lutheran Volunteer Corps before entering grad school In her spare time she enjoys playing her piccolo in the St Olaf Band Zachary Schendel recently completed a double major in psychology and music at St Olaf while also participating in the St Olaf Orchestra and Band He will be attending the Ohio State University next year doing research in the Cognitive Experimental Psychology program with an emphasis on Music Cognition He also plans to continue performing on his French horn C Nathan DeWall is a student at St Olaf College where he is expected to graduate in 2002 He is majoring in psychology and is particularly interested in social psychology Nathan has worked on a variety of clinical and social psychological research projects on topics such as the chivalry script and stereotypes about women perceptions of group homogeneity moral exemplars in computing social and ethical issues in computing and increased intellectual functioning in rapid cycling bipolar individuals He is also a teaching assistant to Professor Chuck Huff s great books introduction to psychology course Nathan plans on attending graduate school directly following his graduation from St Olaf where he hopes to earn a Ph D in social psychology In his spare time Nathan also sings baritone in the St Olaf Choir Mara Sedlins is a Psychology and Math major at St Olaf College where she will be graduating in 2003 In addition to her involvement in the ComputingCases website she has assisted Prof Bonnie Sherman with research on number forms involving mental imagery and cognition and plans to conduct research with

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  • Writing Rubrics for Exercises
    rubrics will vary quite widely depending upon how you use the exercise the goals you have for your students the level of the students and myriad other things However a related project DOLCE does provide some examples of grading rubrics done by computer scientists teaching computer ethics These examples are better than those we might give for a generic exercise on this site since they are based on real goals

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  • Teaching Tools : Curriculum Overview
    flesh out these knowledge units in CC91 the the National Science Foundation NSF funded Impact Computer Science ImpactCS in 1994 19 The project brought together 25 experts to define the core content and tools for integrating social and ethical topics across the computer science curriculum according to the guidelines outlined by CC91 Cases as Teaching Tools This website provides a set of extensive historical cases accompanied by teaching tools that will help computer science instructors implement the new curriculum and core content laid out by CC91 and ImpactCS The draft version of the successor to CC91 Computing Curriculum 2001 is also keyed to these cases The historical cases allow the careful reader to see the complexity of the intermingled social situations individual and management decisions organizational policies cultural assumptions and technical constraints as they were experienced by the original participants These cases may be used in a class dedicated to social and ethical issues in computing or in any class whose interest includes how a computing system is actually used Social Impact Analysis as a Teaching Tool The Social Impact Analysis SIA resource kit included in the teaching tools is a guide to instructors and students who wish to investigate

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  • Introducation To Social Impact Analysis
    that social and ethical issues can arise in real systems and some confidence that they have the skills to detect and think about them What is a Socio Technical System This section explains the different components of a socio technical system STS and how these components are effected when change occurs A Brief History of Social Impact Analysis not only includes how the model came to be but also includes

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  • Creating a Social Impact Statement Report
    of use patterns of oversight or error checking specific hardware or software concerns or specific organizational procedures are all candidates for inclusion in this section The analysis of these specific concerns should highlight the specific risks associated with them the probability of those risks occurring and the likely harm or ethical concerns associated with those risks Finally the concrete advantages of resolving the specific concerns should be described Return to Top of Page Recommendations This section should contain a set of recommendations that address each specific concern mentioned in the previous section There should be at least two action options for each specific concern and those options should be evaluated in terms of the client s goals and the ethical or social concerns involved In most cases the client s goals will be multiple For example maintaining accurate records guarding privacy and minimizing cost The effect of each option on this suite of goals should be noted The options recommended should be carefully constructed to avoid simple black and white choices e g safeguard privacy vs disregard privacy and to emphasize the best available options for dealing with the issue Technical fixes e g use a different backup method should be included as options but should not be the only options listed For instance procedural changes or personnel training could also be recommended Reader s Guide This should be a prose introduction to the most balanced and readable discussions of the issues that confront the client It should include at least one item e g a reader or an advanced article that will serve as a window to further literature This section can be organized as an annotated bibliography or as a prose review with references Methodological Appendix This section should contain a rationale for the particular methods chosen and a detailed and concrete description of those methods The individual interviews should be noted those privacy issues here are important as should the specific questions asked in the interviews and any changes made in the interviews to meet needs The description of the field observation should include a description of and a rationale for the observation sites and times It should also include a description of the significant events looked for a description of the significant events discovered and a list of any changes made in the observation protocol made to meet needs The description of the day in the life scenarios should include a rationale for the choice of those particular perspectives and time frames a description of the information from which they were compiled e g interviews manuals etc and finally the detailed scenarios themselves Heading Off Difficulties Some students have difficulty getting started on these large projects so it is recommended that you include interim deadline dates Useful deadlines might be initial contacts initial literature searches protocols for interviews and observations and a first draft of the report The interview and observation protocol deadlines are useful because the instructor can use them to make sure the data

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