Computer Ethics, Fall 2023

Monday Sept 25, class 4

Class 5 Readings

Read chapter 2 of Baase on privacy

Before class 2, finish reading chapter 1 and read the first three sections of chapter 4.

The Google Trial

Judge Amit Mehta is routinely granting requests to seal documents and testimony. He shouldn't.

One of the government's stronger arguments at the Google antitrust trial is that Google pays billions to make sure they are the default search engine in Firefox, Safari and others. The idea is that if you have to pay others off to reduce competition, that's bad. But this theory took a serious hit when Google pointed out that Microsoft forces Bing to be the default search engine on Windows, and nobody uses it anyway. So maybe Google is wasting its money?

Google sued for negligence after man drove off collapsed bridge while following map directions

It's a tragic case, but is Google really the negligent party?

How to track a car

Register their license plate with the tollway (ipass) and with a common parking app. You then get a notification (with location) every time they go through a tollbooth or park at a covered parking lot. This works even if they are already registered! You do have to pay their toll or parking fee.


Privacy vs Children

This is proving to be an intractable conflict. Here's an article by a privacy group, suggesting that the Thorn organization, which works to protect children from abuse, does "profit" from the EU visibility, and makes serious money selling its database to US law enforcement and others.

It is clear that, if the EU image-scanning proposal goes through, it will be expanded to cover terrorism the next time there's a big incident. It's less sure at what point narcotics trafficking will be added. The article above does not really have any examples, though, of clearly inappropriate benefit.

Viacom v Youtube