The last reading assignment of the term is the Association of
(ACM) Code of Ethics.
The ACM is the leading organization for computer scientists. In
that role they have defined an ethical code for their members. This
is the ultimate “Why? What? How?” set of issues. In thinking about
yourself as a computer scientist or engineer, can you think of
examples of situations to answer the questions below?
- Why? As a professional or soon-to-be professional, it is
important to think about the role and value of your work in
society. The ACM proposes a set of roles that they believe are
important. As you read this, think about whether you agree with
the ACM’s reasoning or whether you believe in a different set of
roles and responsibilities for you and your work.
- What? In the context of the roles and responsibilities that
you believe define for yourself and your colleagues, how can that
be carried out? In what ways do you imagine you can and will carry
out your role and values in the practice of computer science?
- How? How might you carry that out and evaluate your
effectiveness in carrying out those roles and values? For yourself,
can you think of examples of situations in which you or someone you
know made a choice of values, what you or they did to make that happen
and how you might think about whether the values were realized? How do
those values reflect and fit into the larger society in which we all
Question for Recitation
There is no question to turn in for this
recitation. Participation during this recitation does still
count towards your grade.