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  • About Social Imapct Statement
    on a real system on campus With a little telephone work the students found 12 systems on campus with faculty or staff who were willing to help them understand the systems they had in their charge The students called the faculty or staff in charge of these systems the students clients and students were encouraged to deal with them in the professional manner that such a relationship suggested Some examples of the systems include Computer Assisted Instruction or CAI programs in the medical school the card access system to the dorms cafeteria and library the database maintained by the health office the modem pool the campus public information system and an emergency room patient intake system The list of relevant issues for any client s system was generated from the topic space suggested by the ImpactCS report on teaching social and ethical issues in computing 19 This list provides a good starting place for matching social and ethical issues with the concrete aspects of the system under study The list is obviously not comprehensive but does serve a useful function in beginning an inquiry In addition to using this list to identify issues students were also acquainted with Collins and Miller s Paramedic method 9 that begins with a comprehensive listing of the stakeholders involved in any ethical decision Armed with a list of stakeholders for a system and a list of possible social and ethical issues students can usually generate a quite plausible and comprehensive set of concerns with which to begin their inquiry Some of the systems were quite complex and suggested more social and ethical issues than could be dealt with in a single class project The campus public information system for instance brought up issues of privacy reliability property rights the use of power honesty and a host of other issues associated with networks Students needed to quickly focus on one or two of these issues in order to make any headway in such a large topic space One of the criteria used to help narrow the scope of an issue was a quick look at which issues had been given the most attention by the clients Students were then encouraged to concentrate on those issues their clients had not considered Other methods also exist for paring the list of issues to consider For instance one can investigate only those issues that seem the most dangerous or those in which the client is most interested or those that it would be the easiest to investigate Of course the criteria one might use in a class project e g can it be finished by novices in a few months will differ at times from those one would use in industry Return to Top of Page Goals Of The SIS There are several goals of an SIS and they flow from the practical nature of the undertaking An SIS is not an attempt at publishable social science research or a theoretical deconstruction of the meanings inherent in a

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  • Creating a Social Impact Statement
    logically from basic issues to critical functions of the system In addition the ethical issues inherent in doing interviews e g confidentiality respect informed consent can be discussed Groups can be asked to do at least 3 and no more than 7 interviews Some groups may conduct follow up interviews They are asked to interview the designers and managers of the system but also to include where possible lower level operators and clients of the system and other important stakeholders in the system These multiple views of the system can help piece together a more complex picture of the social and ethical concerns than a view from only one perspective Field Observation Give students practice in designing coding systems and taking field notes for careful real time observation of the system in use see 11 14 for suggestions The purpose of these observations is to allow students to get a better feel for the chaos and complexity of actual system use as opposed to the description elicited in the interviews Groups are asked to do at least 3 5 hours of real time observation For some groups e g the modem pool the card access system on line activity reports might already been collected and these may be used as a part of the field observation Ask students to be respectful of people s privacy but to also attempt to get as wide and varied a set of observations as time will allow Day In The Life Scenarios This technique taken from human computer interaction methods 13 involves taking the data from observations and interviews and using it to construct a story line of a unit of the system over a unit of time This could consist in tracking the actions of a person over a day or over a

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  • Teaching with Cases Intro
    and dip in where appropriate We organize this essay by a series of short admonitions each backed up with commentary The following links will take you to various pieces of advice some being extensive Structure the discussion of a case by providing students a framework for analysis Intertwine your lecture with case discussion by means of meta comments Don t turn the discussion into a lecture Give students time to

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  • Teaching with Cases
    Contact Us Teaching with Cases By Bill Frey and Chuck Huff In this short essay we provide some sense of the educational goals that case based teaching of ethics can help attain Click on the link below to find out

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  • Pitfalls in teaching with Cases
    and reaction guided by multiple and mixed motives where the real state of the information available to an actor at any one time is unclear This is not just an oddity of the cases we have selected it is a property of all cases if they are studied closely enough Finally it is a property of the real life of technology in use To help out we provide you with

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  • Ethics Tests
    Machado Hughes Aircraft Ethics in Computing Links Contact Us Ethics Tests By Bill Frey and Chuck Huff Many of the decision making exercises presented in this website require employing different tests to generate and evaluate alternatives of action This section is devoted to explaining these tests Why the tests What are these tests Harm Beneficence Test Publicity Test Reversibility Test Code of Ethics Test Feasibility Test Some general practical problems

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  • Tests Worksheet
    stakeholders Publicity Would I want this choice published in the newspaper This test is about what the decision would show about your character Reversibility Would I think this a good choice if I were among those affected by it This choice is about whether stakeholders are being treated with respect Code of Ethics How does this choice relate to the ethical standards of my profession This test is about the

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  • Links to web sites
    Clearinghouse for Engineering and Computing Ethics Computer Ethics and Professionalism University of Texas at Austin Technology in the Classroom Tools for Teaching Cyber Ethics geared toward kids Special Interest Group on Computers and Society ImpactCS Ethics Connection Applied Ethics in Professional Practice Ethics Debate Scenarios Computer Science Education Sites Computer Science Teaching Center Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges International Society for Technology in Education Computer Science Education Links maintained

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