This course may be partly or entirely online for some of you,
though as I write this (July 13) we are planning to make it face-to-face
for international students.
Peter Dordal, Loyola University CS Dept
Fall 2020: Mondays 5:30-8:00, somewhere to be announced.
Text: The textbook will be A Gift of Fire, 5th
Edition, by Sara Baase and Timothy Henry, Prentice-Hall, 2017.
This is also available in an e-book format.
There will be three writing assignments during the semester; the first writing assignment will have a rewriting component, as you resubmit your first draft.
There will also be one debate/presentation assignment. It is graded on a pass/fail basis; pretty much the only way to fail is to not do it.
There will not be any exams.
My general course groundrules are here. Loyola's academic integrity rules are here.
You are expected to be familiar with the rules for quoting other sources in papers.
Trust and Licensing: week 13
Tech and Antitrust: week 14
Most content is now in the files above.
|Week 1: Aug 24
||Week 2: Aug 31
|Sept 7: Labor day
||Week 3: Sep 14
|Week 4: Sep 21
||Week 5: Sep 28|
|Week 6: Oct 5||Week 7: Oct 12
|Week 8: Oct 19
||Week 9: Oct 26|
|Week 10: Nov 2
||Week 11: Nov 9|
|Week 12: Nov 16
||Nov 23: week of Thanksgiving|
|Week 13: Nov 30 (online)
Paper 1: TBA. Editable Word-type formats (.odt, .docx, .doc, .rtf, ...) only; no pdf!
Two brief (one-paragraph) examples of essay writing (good and not as
good) are here.
Understanding of laws and issues in areas such as privacy, encryption,
freedom of speech, copyrights, patents, computer crime, and
computer/software reliability and safety; understanding of philosophical
perspectives such as utilitarianism versus deontological ethics and basics
of the U.S. legal system.
And an interesting followup: Reminder: Please Shut Up (advice from an attorney)
Don't Call Yourself A Programmer, by Patrick McKenzie
Association for Computing Machinery -- The professional organization for computer professionals (oriented towards programmers). See their USACM subgroup for public-policy issues. See also the ACM Code of Ethics.
Electronic Frontier Foundation -- Founded to fight for citizens' rights in the areas of privacy, cyberspace freedom (specifically, freedom of speech), copyrights, and encryption.
American Civil Liberties Union -- Not specifically concerned with cyberspace law, but nonetheless very involved in the fight against the Communications Decency Act. The ACLU has long fought against censorship in any form, and for personal liberties in general.
Electronic Privacy Information Center -- They are concerned with both government surveillance (directly and by searching your records), the scope of government databases, and encryption.
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility -- "CPSR is a public-interest alliance of computer scientists and others interested in the impact of computer technology on society." Includes privacy issues but also professional responsibilities of programmers and workplace empowerment issues.
Ethics Center for Engineering and Science A useful compendium of ethics case studies and other information pertaining to science and engineering.
US Copyright office home page All sorts of information on copyright legislation, including the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.
2600, the Hacker Quarterly, leader in the fight for DeCSS.