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Issues in Computer Ethics

  • Individual and Collective Responsibility
  • Quality of Life, Use of Power, Risks & Reliability, Safety, Property Rights, Privacy, Equity & Access, Honesty & Deception

The Social Impact Analysis described on this website shows that each case responds to at least one of these issues. Hence, these cases can be arranged in a computer ethics course so that each issue can be presented as it arises in a real world situation. For example, the Therac-25 case raises use of power, risks & reliability, and safety issues. The Machado case raises issues in privacy, safety, and use of power.

In short, the cases we present on this website provide effective means for implementing ethics into the computer science curriculum and thus responding to the curriculum concerns of the ACM/IEEE Joint Curriculum Task Report as specified in Impact CS..