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2017 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
Laura Robinson - WPI Librarian
Paige Neumann - 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. Obatola Seward-Evans - Constant Connection
2. Michael Taylor - Bots
3. Nathan Beeten - Cyberbullying
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. Adam Goldsmith - Right to Repair
2. Ethan Gouveia - Internet Piracy Beyond
Privacy 1. Chapter 5 - Information Privacy
Interview at end of chapter
2. Paper 2: Self Search
1. Liana Nguyen - Mobile Applications
2. Skyler Kim - Cloud Security
3. Paul Shingleton - Net Neutrality
Privacy 1. Chapter 6 - Privacy and the Government
Interview at end of chapter
2. Paper 3: National ID
1. Akshit Soota - Location Tracking
2. Luke Buquicchio - Target Ad Data Collection Regulations
3. Jennifer Payano - Government Surveillance
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. Junbo Chen - Human Flesh Search Engine
2. Zhizhen Wu - Credit Card Fraud
3. Brent Heavey - Ransomware
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. Alex Perucic - Algorithmic Trading
2. Dongsheng Sun - Brain Machine Interfaces
3. Cuong Nguyen - Self Driving Cars
Professional Ethics 1. Chapter 9 - Professional Ethics
Interview at end of chapter
2. Paper 5: Game
1. Manuel Gonsalves - Whistle Blower Reach
2. Matt McDonald - Automated Military Safety Benefits
3. Kevin MacIntosh - Cost of Automation
Work 1. Chapter 10 - Work and Wealth
Interview at end of chapter
2. Group Presentation Draft
1. Cameron Richards - Game Micro-Transactions
2. Wyatt Bahm - Bitcoin Crypto Currency
3. Jacob Moon - Telecommuting
Group Presentations
1. Westworld (1973) - Kevin MacIntosh, Obatola Seward-Evans, Akshit Soota, Michael Taylor, (KAP)
2. Total Recall (1990) - Brent Heavey, Skyler Kim, Aleksa Perucic, Cameron Richards, Oliver Spring
3. The Circle (2017) - Junbo Chen, Jacob Moon, Jennifer Payano, Zhizhen Wu, (KAP)
Group Presentations
1. Prometheus (2012) - Luke Buquicchio, Benjamin Gillette, Adam Goldsmith, Manuel Gonsalves, (KAP)
2. Snowpiercer (2013) - Wyatt Bahm, Nathan Beeten, William Craft, Dongsheng Sun, (KAP)
3. Snowden (2016) - Cuong Nguyen, Liana Nguyen, Ethan Egouveia, Paul Shingleton, Matt McDonald, (KAP)
- Student Topic Choice
- Rain Date: IP Guest Speaker
- Rain Date: Errors, Failures, Risks Guest Speaker
Group Evaluations 0. Brannen Hough - Patriot Missile Engineer
1. Zhizhen Wu - Credit Card Fraud
2. Benjamin Gillette - Universal Income

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