Computer Ethics, Fall 2022

Thursdays 4:15-6:45

Class 7, Oct 13


Start reading Chapter 3 on Speech


ECPA (Councilman and Warshak) (25 min)

Theories of Privacy (18 min)

Notes on Gonzalez v Google 

Issue: Whether Section 230(c)(1) of the Communications Decency Act immunizes interactive computer services when they make targeted recommendations of information provided by another information content provider, or only limits the liability of interactive computer services when they engage in traditional editorial functions (such as deciding whether to display or withdraw) with regard to such information.

Twitter v Taamneh

Issues: (1) Whether a defendant that provides generic, widely available services to all its numerous users and “regularly” works to detect and prevent terrorists from using those services “knowingly” provided substantial assistance under 18 U.S.C. § 2333 merely because it allegedly could have taken more “meaningful” or “aggressive” action to prevent such use; and (2) whether a defendant whose generic, widely available services were not used in connection with the specific “act of international terrorism” that injured the plaintiff may be liable for aiding and abetting under Section 2333.

Comments on papers

Final revision is due Friday Oct 21. Only the final-revision score counts.

Sampling issues:

Scihub issues:

Facial Recognition (

    What are the social implications of facial recognition?


Managing online privacy

Theories of Privacy (on video)

Smyth v Pillsbury

    Did Judge Weiner miss the boat here?

Loyola email policy

Cookies (and now fingerprinting)

Location data

Target and Data Mining and Pregnancy

SSN (brief)

Medical Privacy

Price Discrimination

Speech and Section 230