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2015 A Term Archive

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Date Topics Due Presenters
Critical Thinking
Guest Speaker
1. Chapter 1 - Catalysts for Change
2. Appendix A - Plagiarism
3. Discussion Board: Movies
4. Sign up for individual presentation
1. Laura Hanlan - WPI Librarian
Ethics 1. Chapter 2 - Introduction to Ethics
2. Paper 1: Technology
3. Wiki: Technology Timeline
Freedom of Speech 1. Chapter 3 - Networked Communications 1. Tyler Nickerson - China Internet Cafes
2. Andrew Mokotoff - American Deaf Culture and Social Media
3. Weijia Tao - No Google or Facebook for China
Intellectual Property
Guest Speaker
1. Chapter 4 - Intellectual Property
2. Paper 2: Open Source Software Engineering Tools
0. Frank Gerratana - IP Lawyer
1. Ben Sharron - Smart TV, Linux, Voice, DMCA
2. Rayan Alsoby - Apple vs. Samsung
3. Jessie Johnson - Patent Trolls and Modern History
Privacy 1. Chapter 5 - Information Privacy
2. Paper 3: Self Search
1. Robyn Domanico - Targeted Web Advertising
2. Nicholas Muesch - Mobile Phone Tracking and Ads
3. Dennis Silva - Terms and Conditions of Use
Privacy 1. Chapter 6 - Privacy and the Government
2. Paper 4: National ID
1. Sai Vadlamudi - Benefits of CCTV and Face Recognition
2. Tiffany Leung - Prime Numbers, Encyption, and You
3. Anthony Dresser - Big Brother
Crime 1. Chapter 7 - Computer and Network Security
2. Group Project web site progress through topics covered in class to date.
1. Ruofan Ding - Hacking Team Leak
2. Thomas Sellie-Lund - Cyber Forensics
3. Joshua Keller - Security vs. Features
Errors Failures Risks
Guest Speaker
1. Chapter 8 - Computer Reliability
2. Paper 5: Code Testing
0. Brannen Hough - Patriot Missile Engineer
1. Alex Shoop - Automated Translation
2. Laura Antul - Robotic Medical Check Ups
3. Jillian Hennessy - Professional Sports Compuerized Concussion Testing
Professional Ethics 1. Chapter 9 - Professional Ethics
2. Paper 6: Game
1. Xavier Jackson - Implementing Ethics in Engineering Curricula
2. Peter Craft - Games, MicroTransactions, Games & SW Dev. Ethics
3. Hui Zheng - Code Automation & SW Dev. Ethics
Work 1. Chapter 10 - Work and Wealth
2. Group Presentation Draft
1. Stephen Lafortune - Workplace 3D Printers
2. Fuchen Chen - Uber Taxi Nightmare
Group Presentations
Guest Speaker
0. Brannen Hough - Patriot Missile Engineer
1. TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away from Keyboard (2013) (KAP watched)
2. Iron Man 2 (2010) (KAP, Joey watched)
Group Presentations 1. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) (KAP, Joey watched)
2. The Hunger Games (2012) (KAP watched)
3. Ex Machina (2015) (KAP, Joey watched)
4. Summer Wars (2009) (KAP watched)
Student Topic Choice
- Rain Date: IP Guest Speaker
- Rain Date: Errors, Failures, Risks Guest Speaker
Group Evaluations
Optional Paper:
1. Jacob Watson - Net Neutrality (beyond the book)

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Keith A. Pray
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