Team # 6
Case Study Project Proposal
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Joyce Currie Little (Team Leader)
Rob Smith (Recorder)
Lance Irving (Research and Typist)
Sandra Epstein (Bibliography)
Raoul Cortez (PowerPoint and Graphics)
:Cyberethics in the Digital Era
As communications, computing, and information technology moved from the telegraph and computer to the punched card, to the first electronic computing machine, to the mainframe computing era, the level of malicious behavior moved from almost none to some, mostly from workers in the field who knew how to do it. However, as we moved into the timesharing era, we saw malicious behavior come from many unknown outsiders. Now having moved from the personal computer era to the networking era, resulting in today's worldwide connectivity going directly to the wearable embedded computing device on your person, we have opened the floodgates for abuse, at almost any time, any place, from anyone. The rise of the study of computer ethics as a discipline was gradual at first, yet now it has grown as dramatically as the abuse, perhaps in direct response to the need for the public to recognize the problems that have arisen. Our proposed research topic will address the rise of what we now call "cyberethics," provide an overview of the many topics within that subject, and explain how it became required for computer science majors. An overview of recent research will be given, and the movement to teach ethics within each discipline will be discussed. Many of the topics touch upon what is legal, and issues such as software piracy, identity theft, and peer-to-peer file swapping will be addressed with respect from both the legal and the moral concerns.
Week 1 ~ Assign Team Roles, Share Contact Information, Discuss Potential Topics, Decide upon convenient meeting times and locations; meet as a group once socially.
Week 2 ~ Finalize Topic Selection, Prepare and Finalize Abstract
Week 4 ~ Begin Research Investigation
Week 6 ...
(Optional) Tentative Bibliography:
Sanserson, Micho. Hyperspace: An Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension. New York: Oxford UP, 2002.
Loverley, Paul M. "New Tool for an Ancient Art: The Computer." Computers and the Humanities 25 (2001): 303-13.
Fearman, Roberto. "Reflections on the New State of Cyberethics" 2.3 (1996):16 pars. 22 Feb. 2003 <http://unixg.cyc.edu :7001/ 0/e-sources/emls/02-3/flanmilt.html>.
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