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Computers and Society 01 - Course Overview

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Presentation for COMP 3309 (Computers and Society), a third-year course in our CIS degree. This presentation provides a quick overview of the themes and approach used in the course.

Presentation for COMP 3309 (Computers and Society), a third-year course in our CIS degree. This presentation provides a quick overview of the themes and approach used in the course.

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  • 1. What is this course about?A study of the relationship between informationtechnology and the rest of society and its individuals.
  • 2. Specific Topics include:Thinking about TechnologyThi ki b tT h lHistorical Context of ComputerizationPrivacy and SurveillanceP i dS illCommunityIntellectual PropertyI t ll t l P tFree SpeechIdentityId tit and Virtuality d Vi t litWork and Economics
  • 3. Classic/ACM Approach to This Type of Course:Learn some evaluative ethical approaches(e.g.,(e g utilitarian vs universalist)Use these ethical approaches toevaluate and judge various high-techissues.
  • 4. You’re bad!(i.e.(i you have been engaging i morally wrong h b i in lltechnological practice).
  • 5. public void TeachSocialIssuesCourse() { EthicalTheories[] ethics = TeachRulesOfEthicalEvaluation(); foreach (SocialIssue issue in issuesList) { Impacts[] impacts = ArticulateSocialImpacts(issue); EthicallyEvaluateImpacts(issue, impacts, ethics); } TeachProfessionalCodes();}
  • 6. This algorithmic approach and the g ppunderstanding of the relationship betweensociety and technology that it is groundedupon has some real limitations and may infact give our students an impoverishedunderstanding of the social issues ofcomputation.
  • 7. Impact Approach toComputers and SocietyIn this approach, technologyis an independent force …
  • 8. … and the social world is“impacted” by thetechnology.
  • 9. The whole "impacts" approach is impactsextremely flawed from a socialtheory point of view.It is also ethically irresponsible as wellin that it ultimately inculcates a kind ofpowerless passivity towardstechnology.
  • 10. My Approach toComputers andSocietyInitial course focus will beon examining a variety ofways of thinking abouttechnology.
  • 11. Part of the initial focus will also be onhistory and context.
  • 12. We will be opening up the boxof technological practices forunderstandingandinterrogating the assumptionswe b i bring to those practices. h i
  • 13. Part of that process will be ausing displaced practices suchas paper readingandhand-written journaling.

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