WPI Social Implications Of Computing
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2018 A Term Archive

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Date Topics Due Presenters
Critical Thinking
Guest Speaker
1. Chapter 1 - Catalysts for Change
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. Appendix A - Plagiarism
4. Discussion Board: Movies
4. Sign up for individual presentation
Paige Neumann - WPI Librarian
Ethics 1. Chapter 2 - Introduction to Ethics
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. Paper 1: Technology
4. Wiki: Technology Timeline
Freedom of Speech 1. Chapter 3 - Networked Communications
2. Interview at end of chapter
1. Joseph Yuen - Social Media Got You Down
2. Sam Baumgarten - ISPs, Content Platforms, And The Whole Big Mess
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. Christopher Whimpenny - Should You Patent Software
Privacy 1. Chapter 5 - Information Privacy
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. Paper 2: Self Search
1. Michael Collins - Opt In Is Superior
2. Malika Nurbekova - The Dark Web Still Lit
3. Noah Van Stralen - Consumer Backlash
Privacy 1. Chapter 6 - Privacy and the Government
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. National ID Debate Prep (paper optional)
1. Christopher Myers - Mobile, Amendments 4 + 5, And You
2. John Bieber - Buying Privacy
3. Oliver Jay - Trust Us, Really
Crime 1. Chapter 7 - Computer and Network Security
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. Group Project web site progress through topics covered in class to date.
1. Eric Arthur - How To Catch Cyber Criminals (Digital Forensics)
2. Luke Ludington - How Big Is The Virtual Black Market Problem
3. Treksh Marwaha - Protect Your Browser
4. Yuan Wang - How Secure Is Blockchain Really?
Errors Failures Risks
Guest Speaker

NOTE: Different classroom, see Canvas Announcements
1. Chapter 8 - Computer Reliability
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. Paper 3: Code Testing
0. Brannen Hough - Patriot Missile Engineer
1. Quyen Hoang - Social Bias In Machine Learning
2. Ben Wald - Self Driving Cars Still Need You
3. Rui Huang - In AI We Trust
Professional Ethics 1. Chapter 9 - Professional Ethics
You may read the newly released Code of Ethics at: https://www.acm.org/code-of-ethics instead of the one in the text book.
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. Game Debate Notes (paper optional)
1. Praneeth Appikatla - It's All Fun And Games...
2. Saahil Claypool - Should We Rely On Machine Learning
3. Thomas Curtis - Should We Build The 13th Floor?
1. Chapter 10 - Work and Wealth
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. Group Presentation Draft
4. Paper 4: Automation
0. Frank Gerratana - IP Lawyer
1. Sean Tidd - It's Alive! Or Is It?
2. Joe Caltabiano - How To Govern AI
3. John Dyer - I'm Gonna School Ya
Group Presentations 1. Non-presenter Questions
1. Meet The Robinsons (2007)
Quyen Dinh Hoang, Noah Van Stralen, Daniel Dilorio, Marshall Trier, (KAP)
2. Black Mirror: The Entire History Of You (2011)
Christopher Myers, Oliver Jay, John Dyer, Saahil Claypool, (KAP)
3. Ready Player One (2018)
Joseph Yuen, Rui Huang, Praneeth Appikatla, Eric Arthur, Christopher Whimpenny, (KAP)
Group Presentations 1. Non-presenter Questions
1. Men In Black (1997)
Thomas Curtis, John Bieber, Joseph Caltabiano, Malika Nurbekova, (KAP)
2. The Iron Giant (1999)
Sean Tidd, Michael Collins, Luke Ludington, Zachary Berry, (KAP)
3. Iron Man 3 (2013)
Treksh Marwaha, Samuel Baumgarten, Yuan Wang, Benjamin Waid, (KAP), (KT)
- Student Topic Choice
- Rain Date: IP Guest Speaker
- Rain Date: Errors, Failures, Risks Guest Speaker
1. Group Evaluations 1. Zachary Berry - What 5G Should Mean To You

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