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2016 D Term Archive

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Date Topics Due Presenters
Critical Thinking
Guest Speaker
1. Chapter 1 - Catalysts for Change
Interview at end of chapter
2. Appendix A - Plagiarism
3. Discussion Board: Movies
4. Sign up for individual presentation
1. Laura Robinson - WPI Librarian
Ethics 1. Chapter 2 - Introduction to Ethics
Interview at end of chapter
2. Paper 1: Technology
3. Wiki: Technology Timeline
Freedom of Speech 1. Chapter 3 - Networked Communications
Interview at end of chapter
1. Holly Nguyen - Phone Addiction
2. Clark Jacobsohn - Twitter Shaming
3. Qiaoyu Liao - Video Game Violence
Intellectual Property
Guest Speaker
1. Chapter 4 - Intellectual Property
Interview at end of chapter
2. Paper 2: Global IP Law
0. Frank Gerratana - IP Lawyer
1. Will Frick - Alternate Music Publishing
2. Patrick Plenefisch - Licensing and Software Adoption
3. Nick Diaz - Recent End User License Agreement Validity
Privacy 1. Chapter 5 - Information Privacy
Interview at end of chapter
2. Paper 3: Self Search
1. Anonymous - Website Advertising
2. Amanda Adkins - AI Barbie
3. Xiaosong Wen - Amazon ALEXA
Privacy 1. Chapter 6 - Privacy and the Government
Interview at end of chapter
2. Paper 4: National ID
1. Brett Ammeson - iPhone FBI Backdoor
2. Dean Kiourtsis - Google Glass
3. Dalton Tapply - Quantum Encryption Breaking
4. Tyler Jaskoviak - The Truth About Face Detection
Crime 1. Chapter 7 - Computer and Network Security
Interview at end of chapter
2. Group Project web site progress through topics covered in class to date.
1. Himanshu Sahay - Trusted Certificate Signed Malware
2. Adilet Issayev - Hijacking The Internet of Things
3. Andrew La Manna - White Hat Black Hat Vulnerability Discovery
Errors Failures Risks
Guest Speaker
1. Chapter 8 - Computer Reliability
Interview at end of chapter
2. Paper 5: Code Testing
0. Brannen Hough - Patriot Missile Engineer
1. Raymond Wang - Self Driving Cars
2. Andrew Lewis - Safety of 3D Printing
3. Daniel Benson - Robot Assisted Surgery
Professional Ethics 1. Chapter 9 - Professional Ethics
Interview at end of chapter
2. Paper 6: Game
1. Hongbo Fang - Dubious Software Business Model
2. Nan Zhang - Conscience AI or Not
3. Patrick Polly - Neurological Control
Work 1. Chapter 10 - Work and Wealth
Interview at end of chapter
2. Group Presentation Draft
1. Zach Robbins - AlphaGo
2. Greg Port - Society Guiding Robotic Development
3. Alec Thompson - Creative AI in The Workforce
4. Rick Wight - Unions
Group Presentations
1. Apollo 13 (1995) cs3043apollo13.wordpress.com (KAP)
2. The Lives of Others (2006) users.wpi.edu/~nadiaz/socialImps.html (KAP)
3. White House Down (2013) himanshu-sahay.squarespace.com (KAP, FHH)
Group Presentations 1. Robocop (1987) computinginrobocop1987.wordpress.com (KAP, FHH)
2. Robocop (2014) socialimpsrobocop2014.wordpress.com (KAP)
3. Chappie (2015) cs3043.bammeson.com (KAP)
Student Topic Choice
- Rain Date: IP Guest Speaker
- Rain Date: Errors, Failures, Risks Guest Speaker
Group Evaluations
Optional Paper:
0. Brannen Hough - Patriot Missile Engineer
1. Qiaoyu Liao - Video Game Violence
2. Himanshu Sahay - Trusted Certificate Signed Malware

The Syllabus will change throughout the course as new interests are found and as 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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Keith A. Pray
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