WPI Social Implications Of Computing
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2022 A 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. Aaron Brady - Social Media, Who's In Control?
2. Sasha Daraskevich - Freedom of Speech and Hate, Drawing the Line
3. Michael Sensat - Government Internet Control
5. Friday
Intellectual Property
1. Chapter 4 - Intellectual Property
SKIP Interview at end of chapter
1. Mich Toryu - AI Serving Art
2. Timory Goggin - Trademarks and Social Media
6. Tuesday
Privacy 1. Chapter 5 - Information Privacy
2. DRAFT: Paper 2: Self Search
1. Arnav Mishra - Smart Homes, Is Your Privacy Worth It?
2. Aidan Bryar - AI and Your Privacy
3. David Gibson - Targeted Marketing Gone Too Far?
7. Friday
Privacy 1. Chapter 6 - Privacy and the Government
2. Facial Recognition Debate Prep (draft paper optional)
3. FINAL: Paper 2: Self Search
1. Justin Healey - Practical Anonymity Feasible?
2. Cambria Pomeranz - Automated Justice
8. Tuesday
Crime 1. Chapter 7 - Computer and Network Security
2. Group Project web site through topics covered to date.
3. FINAL: Optional Paper: Facial Recognition
1. Michael Alicea - Worldwide Cybercrime and You
2. Cody Rueda - Cryptocurrency Money's Future?
3. Gus Montana - Connected We Fall
9. Tuesday
Errors Failures Risks
1. Chapter 8 - Computer Reliability
2. DRAFT: Paper 3: Code Testing
1. Cole Welcher - Self Driving Car Regulation A Must
2. Harshith Iyer - The Problem With Blockchain
3. Bryce Lukens - Banning Unmanned Drone Delivery
10. Friday
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 Prep (paper optional)
3. FINAL: Paper 3: Code Testing
1. Jonathan Hsu - Conscious AI Rights
2. Jacob Reiss - DARPA Justified?
3. Jared Lasselle - Ethical Teaching of Security
11. Tuesday
1. Chapter 10 - Work and Wealth
2. Group Presentation Draft
3. DRAFT: Paper 4: Automation
4. FINAL: Optional Paper: Game
1. Edward Smith - Big Tech, Free Market or Oligopoly?
2. Jai Patel - Will I Have A Job?
3. Witt Wang - Entertainment Ticket Platforms Shaky Ground
12. Friday
Group Presentations 1. Non-presenter Questions
2. FINAL: Paper 4: Automation - Note: Due Saturday 2022-10-08 11:59 PM
1. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) - Harshith Iyer, Arnav Mishra, Krish Shah-Nathwani, Michiba Toryu, (KAP)

2. Divergent (2014) - Timory Goggin, Jai Patel, Jacob Reiss, Cole Welcher, (KAP)

3. Arrival (2016) - Michael Alicea, Sasha Daraskevich, Michael Sensat, Edward Smith

13. Tuesday
Group Presentations 1. Non-presenter Questions
1. Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) - Aidan Bryar, Jonathan Hsu, Gus Montana, Cambia Pomeranz

2. Anon (2018) - Aaron Brady, Michael Gatti, Bryce Lukens, Cody Rueda, (KAP)

3. Angel Has Fallen (2019) - David Gibson, Justin Healey, Jared Lasselle, Haopeng Wang
14. Thursday
Student Choice 1. Group Evaluations
2. Group Web Sites
1. Michael Gatti - Gaming Crunch Time
2. Krish Shah-Nathwani - Digital Sports Betting
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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