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ECS 188 – Sects 1 and 2 – Winter 2017 – Ethics in an Age of Technology – Prof. Phillip Rogaway

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01 M 1/09 Week 1. TA (Melissa Jones) covers class. Overview. Questionaire. Video: Our buggy moral code (D. Ariely, 2009) Amazingly, nothing is due the first day of class. See Wednesday’s slot for assignments due Wednesday, etc.
02 W 1/11 Q1. Discussed today’s reading. Watched Dekalog 1 (Vimeo streaming) (1989) (K. Kieslowski). Read the Course information sheet. Read The Machine Stops (1909) by E. M. Forester. Two-hour class today.
03 F 1/13 We discussed Dekalog 1 #A: Write an essay responsive to this prompt. Unpload it to Canvas before 9 am (sect 1) or 2 pm (sect 2). Other wonderful films by Kieslowski: The Double Life of Veronique (1991), Blue (1993), Red (1994)
xx M 1/16 Week 2. MLK holiday — no class. Read articles from the NYT (2014) and EFF (2014) on an FBI attempt to get Dr. King to commit suicide Focus starting this week: power, politics, surveillance, corporatocracy
04 W 1/18 Q2. Discussed Berman article. Watched Carter’s malaise speech (1979) (offset 4:00) Read the selection from Why America Failed by M. Berman (2011) Exploring Carter’s malaise speech: a1, v2, v3, v4
05 F 1/20 Q3. Discussed: why Trump won, and the Obama speech. Watched a few mins of The Apprentice (sect 2) (a) Watch Obama’s farewell address; (b) Listen to Beverly Gage talk about A Brief History of the FBI’ involvement in U.S. elections; (c) How to Rig an Election (http) (depricated by a knowledgable colleague) by Victoria Collier (2012) Presidential inauguration today. Why We Won’t be Able to Verify the Outcome of the 2016 Election talk by Barbara Simons (2016). Auditibility of Elections talk by Ron Rivest (2016). Wired article How Silicon Valley Utopianism Brought you the Dystopian Trump Presidency
06 M 1/23 Week 3. Q4. Watched a video. Discussed McLuhan interview. Read and #B prepare quotes from an interview of Marshall McLuhan (1994) Some vocabulary for the McLuhan reading
07 W 1/25 Discussed the readings, videos, audio programs that we hadn’t. Partner discussions. Cell phones, not many, leave for a one-week holiday. More on voting. (1) Watch Why We Won’t be Able to Verify the Outcome of the 2016 Election by Barbara Simons (2016) or Auditibility of Elections by Ron Rivest (2016). (2) Read one short post by Halvorson and Simons and another by Halderman. (3) Listen to radio program Voting in America or The Right to Vote John Oliver video
08 F 1/27 Q5. Discussed the Barbour reading Read Views of Technology by Ian Barbour (1993) .
09 M 1/30 Week 4. Q6. Discussed Winner and Postman readings. #C: Milestone 1 due. (1)  Read Do Artifacts have Politics? by Langdon Winner (1980). (2) Read Five Things We Need to Know About Technologicval Change by Neil Postman (1998) A rebuttal to Winner: Do Politics Have Artefacts by Bernward Joerges (1999). UC-Blackwelder tomato harvester
10 W 2/01 Cell phones go home. Watched 13th (2016) (Ava DuVernay) Read a section froom Discipline and Punish (1977) by Michel Foucault. (Warning: long & hard reading) Netflix link to today’s film
11 F 2/03 We discussed the Foucault reading and the film. (1) If you didn’t understand the Foucault reading, or if you just want to, read some secondary source about it. Think about the ideas in that reading and in the film 13th. #D: Write down (hardcopy, to turn in) one question or idea from the reading and one question or idea from the film that you would like us to discuss in class. (3) Read any recent news story (2014 or later) you find interesting dealing with penality. Identify the story you read in what you turn in for (2). .
12 M 2/06 Week 5. Q7. We discussed the Foucault reading and the film 13th, and a bit from the Zuboff article. (1) Watch videos: Snowden TED Talk (2014) and Ledgett TED Talk (2014). (2) Read The Secrets of Surveillance Capitalism (pdf) (2016) by Shoshana Zuboff Big Other: surveillance capitalism and the prospects of an information civilization by Shoshana Zuboff (2015). Surveillance, Snowden, and Big Data: Capacities, consequences, critique by David Lyon (2014)
13 W 2/08 Q8. We discussed my essay and things related to it. Last 15 mins: discussed the art of Giving good talks Read The Moral Character of Cryptographic Work (long!) by P. Rogaway. .
14 F 2/10 We discussed the briefs. In section 1 we watched a video on The All Writs Act Read the FBI brief (3/10/2016) and Apple brief (3/15/2016) for the 2016 FBI-Apple iPhone dispute. #E: Prepare quotes of each or analysis of the pair (your choice). If you have time, read or watch someting from the right-hand column. Amicus briefs for Apple. Orenstein ruling (2/29/2016) (similar case). Video of John Oliver (Mar 2016) Article suggesting cracking tool now leaked (Feb 2, 2017).
15 M 2/13 Week 6. Q9. Discusssed the film. Watch The Corporation (2003) (Achbar, Abbott, Bakan) download
16 W 2/15 Q10. Discussed the Johnson reading. Signups for presentation slots (a) Read Philosophical Ethics (2001) by Deborah Johnson. (b) Figure out your ranked preferences for when your group will present. .
17 F 2/17 We discussed today&rsquot;s readings (a) Read The Land Ethic (1949) by Aldo Leopold. (b) Read Oldest Living Tree Tells All (1998) by Michael Cohen. A selection from Silent Spring (1962) by Rachel Carson. Article on Promethesus (2015)
xx M 2/20 Week 7. President’s Day. No class. What? Nothing due? .
18 W 2/22 We watched Why We Fight (2005) by Eugene Jarecki (a) Read War (2016) by Seth Lazar from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy .
19 F 2/24 Q11. Discussed the film and readings (a) Read Eisenhower’s farewell address (1961). (b) Read Computers, Ethics, and Collective Violence (1992) by Summers and Markusen .
20 M 2/27 Week 8. We discussed the Joy and Kurzweil readings. (a) Read Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us (2000) by Bill Joy. Read a response to this, Promise and Peril (2001), by Ray Kurzweil .
21 W 3/01 We watched Food, Inc. (2008) by Robert Kenner Milestone 2 due. No other assignment for today. .
22 F 3/03 Q13 (quiz for Sect 1, student’s writeup for Sect 2). Discussed ethics surrounding food. (a) Prepare a thoughtful and useful set of comments on the milestone-2 you were asked to read. (b) Spend at least an hour or two reading or watching something good at the intersection of food, ethics, and technolgy, like: Super Size Me (2004) (YouTube) or Singer and Schlosser (2007) (YouTube) or Fed Up (2014) (Netflix) or readings of your choice. (c) Bring a hardcopy to class of your notes on what you read or watched. .
23 M 3/06 Week 9. Q14. Discussed the Leveson reading. Read The Therac 25 (1995) by Nancy Leveson .
24 W 3/08 We discussed reading and codes of ethics. We read some Pledges. We discusssed some scenarios in small groups and jointly. (a) Read the ACM Code of Ethics and the IEEE Code of Ethics. (b) Read The Fifty-Nine Story Crisis .
25 F 3/10 Guest visit: Prof. Martin Hilbert led the discussion Preliminary. (a) Read e-Science for Digital Development (2015) by Martin Hilbert. (b) Watch Big Data in the Service of Humanity (2012) by Jake Porway and Big data requires big visions for big change (2015) by Martin Hilbert. Haunted by Data (2015) by Maciej Ceglowski. Slides used by Prof. Hilbert in Section 1.
26 M 3/13 Week 10.
(a) Read a selection from Disciplined Minds by Jeff Schmidt (b) Read the Never Again pledge and any associated resources you wish to read .
27 W 3/15 Student presentations Section 1: Read papers 101, 102, 103, 104, 105.
Section 2: Read papers 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205.
Both sections: Provide typset comments (2-6 sentences) on each reading, to be given to the student group. Use a separate page for each group. Put your own name only on the bottom right corner of the first page. I will cut this off.
28 F 3/17 Student presentations Section 1: Read papers 106, 107, 108.
Section 2: Read papers 206, 207, 208.
Both sections: Provide typeset comments just as before.
xx W 3/22 Sect 2 final: 3:30-5:30
Exam, presentations, closing remarks
Read papers 209, 210, 211.
Provide typeset comments just as before.
Video clips from Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man (1973), that I didn’t get to show
xx R 3/23 Sect 1 final: l0:30-12:30
Exam, presentations, closing remarks
Read papers 109, 110, 111.
Provide typeset comments just as before.
Video clips from Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man (1973) (one I showed and one I did not)