WPI Social Implications Of Computing
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2020 A Term Archive

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Syllabus
Date Topics Due Presenters
1. Tuesday
2020-09-01
Introduction
2. Friday
2020-09-04
Critical Thinking 1. Chapter 1 - Catalysts for Change
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. Appendix A - Plagiarism
4. Discussion Board: Movies
4. Sign up for individual presentation
3. Tuesday
2020-09-08
Ethics 1. Chapter 2 - Introduction to Ethics
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. DRAFT: Paper 1: Computing Technology Timeline
4. Wiki: Computing Technology Timeline
4. Friday
2020-09-11
Freedom of Speech 1. Chapter 3 - Networked Communications
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. FINAL: Paper 1: Technology Timeline
1. Paul Peterson - Monetizing Social Media Alters Content
2. Rachael Sallie - Game Raising Awareness
3. Oli Thode - Traumatized Facebook Content Moderators
5. Tuesday
2020-09-15
Intellectual Property
1. Chapter 4 - Intellectual Property
SKIP Interview at end of chapter
2. Prepare questions for guest speaker
1. Xianhan Jia - Copyright On The Internet Seas
2.
3. Tim Kwan - Fighting Misinformation
6. Friday
2020-09-18
Privacy 1. Chapter 5 - Information Privacy
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. DRAFT: Paper 2: Self Search
1. Alvin Lee - Targeted Content Echo Chambers
2. Julia Tatone - Bioinformatics and Your Privacy
3. Jacob McManus - How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Ads
7. Tuesday
2020-09-22
Privacy 1. Chapter 6 - Privacy and the Government
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. Law Requiring Online Identification Debate Prep (paper optional)
4. FINAL: Paper 2: Self Search
1. Payton Dean - Social Media Encryption Backdoor
2. Brendan Nguyen - RFID Tracking You
3.
8. Friday
2020-09-25
Crime 1. Chapter 7 - Computer and Network Security
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. Group Project web site progress through topics covered in class to date.
3. Optional Paper: Law Requiring Online Identification
1. Kate Varteresian - Global Internet Policing
2. Ke Zhao - Stealing Your Data
3. Zach Jester - Securing Neural Nets
9. Tuesday
2020-09-29
Errors Failures Risks
1. Chapter 8 - Computer Reliability
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. DRAFT: Paper 3: Code Testing
1. Jason Dominguez - AI In The Kill Chain
2. Amy Orozco - Facial Recognition Racial Bias
3. Jonathan Metcalf - Queries of Death
10. Friday
2020-10-02
Professional Ethics 1. Chapter 9 - Professional Ethics
Read the newly released Code of Ethics at: https://www.acm.org/code-of-ethics instead of the one in the text book.
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. Game Debate Notes (paper optional)
4. FINAL: Paper 3: Code Testing
1. Olajumoke Jackson - Natural Language Processing Bias
2. Christopher Lobo - Robotics in Medicine
3.
11. Tuesday
2020-10-06
Work
1. Chapter 10 - Work and Wealth
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. Group Presentation Draft
4. DRAFT: Paper 4: Automation
5. Optional Paper: Game
1. Tianyang Gao - Wechat Economy
2. Ian Scott - AI Curated Education
3. Philip Rago - Computing Technology Half-Life
12. Friday
2020-10-09
Group Presentations 1. Non-presenter Questions
2. FINAL: Paper 4: Automation
1. Decalogue I (aka Dekalog) (1988) - Olajumoke Jackson, Philip Rago, Ian Scott, Shen Fang, (KAP)

2.
Enemy Of The State (1998) - Kate Varteresian, Paul Peterson, Jacob McManus, Alvin Lee, (KAP) (MES)

3.
Steve Jobs (2015) - Ke Zhao, Oliver Thode, Payton Dean, Xianhan Jia, (KAP)
13. Tuesday
2020-10-13
Group Presentations 1. Non-presenter Questions
1. Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines (2003) - Jason Dominguez, Brendan Nguyen, Martin Lentz, (KAP)

2. Black Mirror: Nosedive (2016) - Timothy Kwan, Tianyang Gao, Nathan Rogers, (KAP) (MES)

3. Friend Request (2016) - Rachael Sallie, Amy Orozco, Luke Reid, Julia Tatone, (KAP)
14. Friday
2020-10-16
- Student Topic Choice
1. Group Evaluations
1. Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018) - Jonathan Metcalf, Christopher Lobo, Xizhao Zhang, Zachary Jester, (KAP)

2. Nathan Rogers - AI Law and Order
3. Brendan Nguyen - RFID Tracking You
Weekly Time Guideline

 4 hours class time
 4 hours reading (2 chapters ~90 pages @ 2 minutes per page)
 8 hours practicing mastery of material
   - papers, group project, class activity preparation
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16 hours / week

The Syllabus will change throughout the course as new interests are found and material is covered ahead or behind schedule. Changes will be made in class and recorded in the class slides. You will be responsible for the material in the assigned reading.

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