Welcome to WPI's Social Implications Of Computing Course CS 3043

Welcome to class. Here you will find the majority of documents relating to this class.

Discussion Boards and other interactive features can be found on the WPI Canvas site for this course. Enjoy.

Date Topics Due Presenters
1. Friday
Introduction All Chapter readings include Interview found after questions unless otherwise indicated.
2. Tuesday
Critical Thinking 1. Chapter 1 - Catalysts for Change
2. Appendix A - Plagiarism
3. Appendix B - Introduction to Argumentation
4. Discussion Board: Movies
5. Sign up for individual presentation
3. Friday
Ethics 1. Chapter 2 - Introduction to Ethics
- You may skip Sections 2.2 - 2.5
2. DRAFT: Paper 1: Computing Technology Timeline
4. Tuesday
Freedom of Speech 1. Chapter 3 - Networked Communications
2. FINAL: Paper 1: Technology Timeline
3. Wiki: Computing Technology Timeline
1. Alexander Beck - Open Political Discussion
2. Aksel Jensen - Are Smartphones For Tots Smart?
3. Suki Kushwaha - Face To Face
5. Friday
Intellectual Property
1. Chapter 4 - Intellectual Property
- You may skip interview at end of chapter
1. Caleb French - Transformative Fair Use
2. Kenneth Smith - Drowning in Digital Media
3. Nicholas Giangregorio - Who Owns AI Art
6. Tuesday
Privacy 1. Chapter 5 - Information Privacy
2. DRAFT: Paper 2: Self Search
1. Myles Ku - Payment Card Industry and You
2. Ryan Offstein - AR's Watching You
3. Enoch Zhao - Today's Big Brother
7. Friday
Privacy 1. Chapter 6 - Privacy and the Government
2. Facial Recognition Debate Prep (draft paper optional)
3. FINAL: Paper 2: Self Search
1. Kenny Doan - The Footprint You Leave Behind
2. Eric Hughs-Baird - Listening To You Whisper
3. Nathan Wong - Quantum Friend Or Foe
8. Tuesday
Crime 1. Chapter 7 - Computer and Network Security
2. Group Project web site through topics covered to date.
3. FINAL: Optional Paper: Facial Recognition
1. James Walden - War Machines and the Future of Digital Warfare
2. Matthew Copeland - How Low Can You Go
3. Adam Kalayjian - Generative AI Spy
9. Tuesday
Errors Failures Risks
1. Chapter 8 - Computer Reliability
2. DRAFT: Paper 3: Code Testing
1. Ella Dunne - AI Crime Detection
2. Alex Zhang - Unfinished, But Monetized
3. Nora Cleary - Who's Responsible for Early Screen Time Harms?
10. Friday
Professional Ethics 1. Chapter 9 - Professional Ethics
- Skip Code of Ethics in book.
- Read the newer Code of Ethics at: https://www.acm.org/code-of-ethics instead.
2. Game Debate Prep (paper optional)
3. FINAL: Paper 3: Code Testing
1. June Whittall - Sensationalism Platforms
2. Connor Thompson - Starting With The Little Things
3. Sean Arackal - Food Apps Don't Serve You
11. Tuesday
1. Chapter 10 - Work and Wealth
2. Group Presentation Draft
3. DRAFT: Paper 4: Automation
1. Robbie Eskridge - AI Connections
2. Owen Lacey - Video Games Gonna School Ya
12. Friday
Group Presentations 1. Non-presenter Questions
2. FINAL: Paper 4: Automation
1. Paprika (2006) - Aksel Jensen, Carlos Medina, Ryan Offstein, Myles Ku, Iris Nycz, (KAP)

2. 1984 (1956) - Eric Hughs-Baird, Alexander Beck, Caleb French, Owen Lacey, James Walden, (KAP)

3. Black Mirror: Fifteen Million Merits (2011) - Alexander Zhang, Adam Kalayjian, Nora Cleary, Matthew Copeland, Javier DeLeon, (KAP)
13. Tuesday
Group Presentations 1. Non-presenter Questions
1. Dredd (2012) - Nicholas Giangregorio, Connor Thompson, Robert Eskridge, Enoch Zhao, (KAP)

2. Eighth Grade (2018) - Sean Arackal, Jacob Curtis, Hasan Gandor, Ashley Jacob, June Whittall, (KAP)

3. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) - Kenneth Doan, Nathan Wong, Sukriti Kushwaha, Ella Dunne, Kenneth Smith, (KAP)
14. Friday
Student Choice 1. Group Evaluations
2. Group Web Sites
3. FINAL: Optional Paper: Game
1. Carlos Medina - What Snowden Should Have Done
2. Javier DeLeon - Software Engineer Savior or Ruin
3. Ashley Jacob - Social Media Marketing
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
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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by: Keith A. Pray
Last Modified: April 25, 2023 3:33 PM
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