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2016 A 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. Hugh Whelan - Scientology vs. Dennis Elrich
2. Tom Farro - Avatar Interactions
3. Alex Huot - Anti-Social Social Norms
Intellectual Property
Guest Speaker
1. Chapter 4 - Intellectual Property
SKIP Interview at end of chapter
2. Prepare questions for guest speaker
0. Frank Gerratana - IP Lawyer
1. Isamu Nakagawa - Magnus Case Study
2. Alex Ruggiero - 3D Model Files Case Study
3. Aditya Nivarthi - Protect Software Or Not
Privacy 1. Chapter 5 - Information Privacy
Interview at end of chapter
2. Paper 2: Self Search
1. Ryan Orlando - Targeted Ads
2. Ziyao Xu - China Real-Name System
3. James Piatt - Government Hacking
Privacy 1. Chapter 6 - Privacy and the Government
Interview at end of chapter
2. Paper 3: National ID
1. Charlie Sinkler - Right to be Forgotten
2. Hugh Whelan - Government Encryption Backdoor Case Study
3. Logan Tutt - Automated Law Enforcement
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. Derek McMaster - Cryptowall
2. Matt Micciolo - Car Hacking
3. Alora Hillman - Robotic Crime
Errors Failures Risks
Guest Speaker
1. Chapter 8 - Computer Reliability
Interview at end of chapter
2. Paper 4: Code Testing
0. Brannen Hough - Patriot Missile Engineer
1. Nick Bradford - Autonomous Car Technology Shaping Safety Laws
2. Kevin Valente-Comas - Misuse of Medical Robots
3. Annie Hernandez - HW/SW Abstraction Risk and Trust
Professional Ethics 1. Chapter 9 - Professional Ethics
Interview at end of chapter
2. Paper 5: Game ACM SWE Code of Ethics
1. Tim Petri - Bug Hunters
2. Matt Suarez - Virtual Reality Violence
3. Dmytro Bogatov - Open Source, Every Developer Should
Work 1. Chapter 10 - Work and Wealth
Interview at end of chapter
2. Group Presentation Draft
1. Jacob Hackett - Automation Induced Unemployment Solution
2. Mead Landis - Human Robots
3. Joseph Fainer - App Economy
Group Presentations
1. Cryptocurrency - Bogatov, Bradford, Nakagawa, Petri
2. Gene and Cell Manipulation - Hernandez, Hillman, Jacques, Nivarthi
3. Internet of NanoThings - Micciolo, Piatt, Valente-Comas, Xu
Group Presentations 1. Autonomous Vehicle Machine Learning - Fainer, Farro, Hackett, Huot
2. Surveillance Drones - McMaster, Orlando, Suarez, Whelan
3. Virtual Reality - Landis, Ruggiero, Sinkler, Tutt
- Student Topic Choice
- Rain Date: IP Guest Speaker
- Rain Date: Errors, Failures, Risks Guest Speaker
Group Evaluations
Optional Paper:
1. Rene Jacques - AI vs. Humanity

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Keith A. Pray
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