WPI Social Implications Of Computing
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2021 D Term Archive

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Welcome to class. Here you will find the majority of documents relating to this class.

Discussion Boards and other interactive features can be found on the WPI Canvas site for this course. Enjoy.

Date Topics Due Presenters
1. Friday
Introduction All Chapter readings include Interview found after questions unless otherwise indicated.
2. Tuesday
Critical Thinking 1. Chapter 1 - Catalysts for Change
2. Appendix A - Plagiarism
3. Appendix B - Introduction to Argumentation
4. Discussion Board: Movies
4. Sign up for individual presentation
3. Friday
Ethics 1. Chapter 2 - Introduction to Ethics
2. DRAFT: Paper 1: Computing Technology Timeline
3. Wiki: Computing Technology Timeline
4. Tuesday
Freedom of Speech 1. Chapter 3 - Networked Communications
2. FINAL: Paper 1: Technology Timeline
1. Ben Staw - Political Facts
2. Andrew Whitney - Political Polarization
3. Annie Fan - Out of The Rabbit Hole
4. Nupur Shukla - Regulate Your Social Media Use?
5. Friday
Intellectual Property
1. Chapter 4 - Intellectual Property
SKIP Interview at end of chapter
1. Alex Bolduc - Ethical Piracy
2. Lorenzo Lopez - Twitch Takedown
3. Kersten Prince - Copyright vs. Creators
4. Elise Nerden - The Success of Failures
6. Tuesday
Privacy 1. Chapter 5 - Information Privacy
2. DRAFT: Paper 2: Self Search
1. Madyson Kelly - Addictive Targeted Ads
2. Nour Elmaliki - Deep Fakes Threaten Privacy
3. Javier Salido - Differential Privacy
7. Friday
Privacy 1. Chapter 6 - Privacy and the Government
2. Law Requiring Online Identification Debate Prep (paper optional)
3. FINAL: Paper 2: Self Search
1. Arthur Robinson - Opting Out
2. Daire Daly - Drawing The Line On Your DNA
3. Alexander Kwan - Cambridge Analytica
8. Tuesday
Crime 1. Chapter 7 - Computer and Network Security
2. Group Project web site through topics covered to date.
3. Optional Paper: Law Requiring Online Identification
1. Conor McDonough - Self Driving Car Privacy
2. Luke Savoie - Ready For Your Data Breach?
3. Gracen Antedomenico - The Root(kit) of All Evil
9. Friday
Errors Failures Risks
1. Chapter 8 - Computer Reliability
2. DRAFT: Paper 3: Code Testing
1. Tyler Looney - Medical Robots Not Ready
2. Maxine Shi - Adolescence and Video Games
3. Dylan Grady - Internet Access a Claim Right?
10. Tuesday
Professional Ethics 1. Chapter 9 - Professional Ethics
Read the newer Code of Ethics at: https://www.acm.org/code-of-ethics instead.
2. Game Debate Notes (paper optional)
3. FINAL: Paper 3: Code Testing
1. Anna Cherkinsky - Digital Addiction
2. Renee Sawka - What Am I Agreeing To?
3. Liam Rathke - Digitial Colonialism
11. Tuesday
1. Chapter 10 - Work and Wealth
2. Group Presentation Draft
3. DRAFT: Paper 4: Automation
4. Optional Paper: Game
1. Jared Poulos - Artificial General Intelligence Civil Rights
2. Michael Zeolla - Future Of The Road
3. Joan Albert - Children's Education
4. Brittany Henriques - Mental Health
12. Friday
Group Presentations 1. Non-presenter Questions
2. FINAL: Paper 4: Automation
1. 21 (2008) - Alex Bolduc, Conor McDonough, Luke Savoie, Renee Sawka, Andrew Whitney (KAP)

2. What Happened To Monday? (2017) - Brittany Henriques, Lorenzo Lopez, Hoang Nguyen, Maxine Shi, Nupur Shukla

3. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018) - Gracen Antedomenico, Anna Cherkinsky, Daire Daly
13. Tuesday
Group Presentations 1. Non-presenter Questions
1. Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018) - Tian Yu (Annie) Fan, Dylan Grady, Kersten Prince, Arthur Robinson, Benjamin Staw (KAP)

2. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) - Joan Albert, Tyler Looney, Jared Poulos, Liam Rathke, Javier Salido (KAP)

3. The Great Hack (2019) - Nour Elmaliki, Madyson Kelly, Alexander Kwan, Elise Nerden, Michael Zeolla (KAP)
14. ** Thursday **
- Student Topic Choice

Guest Speakers
1. Group Evaluations
0. Guest Speaker: Mr. Javier Salido - Engineering Privacy
1. Hoang Nguyen - Preventing Terminators
2. Guest Speaker: Mr. Brannen Hough - Patriot Missile Engineer
Weekly Time Guideline

 4 hours class time
 4 hours reading (2 chapters ~90 pages @ 2 minutes per page)
 8 hours practicing mastery of material
   - papers, group project, class activity preparation
16 hours / week

The Syllabus will change throughout the course as new interests are found and 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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