Lecture: Teaching ethics and society issues for students in information systems or computer science.

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The topic if this event is how to teach ethics and society issues for computer science or information system students at a university introductory level. I will discuss my own teaching which has received good feedback from students and what we can learn from this.

For the past years I have been teaching a course "Ethics and IT-professionality" for first-year students in information systems. From the feedback I have got, this have been spot on.

The main topics are:
- The technological development (history).
- Introduction to ethics.
- Privacy and surveillance.
- Freedom of speech and censorship.
- Intellectual property rights. Patents, copyright, copyleft.
- Other topics like hacking, hacktivism, open standards, digital divide, etc..

It is obviously not just ethics but also society issues, Some of these topics has a focus on human rights and free society. culture that IT-professionals care about, law, etc.. I have had an almost surprising success with this course and want to get more knowledge on why this is the case. I also want to develop it further and hope to come out with some recommendations for how one can give such a course for students in information systems or computer science in general. Since there is a lack of textbooks in this area in Scandinavia I hope to create some interest in writing such a book as a collaborative project.

I have been given a 50K grant from the Excited project (NTNU/Nord University) to do this research. My talk on FSCONS would be a part of this work.


Day: 2017-11-05
Start time: 15:00
Duration: 00:45
Room: Smalltalk
Track: Open Technology: Infrastructure of the Future?
Language: en



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