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CS 181: Computers, Ethics, and Public Policy

Catalog description

Primarily for majors entering computer-related fields. Ethical and social issues related to the development and use of computer technology. Ethical theory, and social, political, and legal considerations. Scenarios in problem areas: privacy, reliability and risks of complex systems, and responsibility of professionals for applications and consequences of their work. Prerequisite: 106B or X. GER:DB-EthicReas, WIM

[Note: Prior to 2008-09, this course was offered as CS 201.]

Student projects

  American Skilled Immigration Policy
  Anonymity on the Internet
  Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace
  Computers and Robots: Decision-Makers in an Automated World
  The Culture of Free
  Digital Currencies
  Downloading Consciousness
  Economies of Virtual Worlds
  Entrepreneurship @ Stanford
  The Ethics of Genomics
  Foreign Reaction to China’s Great Firewall
  Free Speech vs Maintaining Social Cohesion
  Freedom of Digital Information in the Middle East
  Google Books
  Hacktivism: Democratic or Destructive?
  Hidden Costs: The Impacts of Technology on the Environment
  The Impact of Tablets on Information Availability
  Improving Software Quality
  Journalism in the Digital Age
  Leeroy Jenkins: Free Speech in Online Video Games
  Limitations of U.S. Internet Infrastructure
  Location Privacy
  Micropayments: A Viable Business Model?
  Multinational Software
  Net Neutrality
  Press Freedom for Bloggers
  Privacy and Social Networks
  Project ALADDIN
  Psychology of Trust on the Internet
  Reliability of the Cloud
  Smart Phones and Economic Development
  Solving the technology brain-drain in Asia-Pacific
  Stanford Privacy: Updating Privacy Issues at Stanford
  Technology and Communism
  The Technology of the Future: Near Field Communication
  Technology Trends in Latin America
  Transhumanism: Rise of the Techno Sapiens
  Virtual Worlds: Living in the Machine
  WikiLeaks and Whistleblowing
  Worse Is Better Considered Harmful

2009-10 (Stanford in Berlin)
  Computers and the Environment
  Copyright infringement in the music industry
  Death (and rebirth) of Journalism in the Digital Age
  The Dismal State of Technology Education
  Open Source in the European Union

  Communism, Computing, and China
  Technology in Developing Economies
  Early Acquisition of Computer Science
  Ethics of Social Networks
  The Ethics (or not) of Massive Government Surveillance
  Firefox Market Dynamics: The Evolving State of the Browser Business
  Google Books
  Implementing Sovereignty on the Internet
  International Freedom of Information on the Electronic Commons
  One Laptop Per Child
  Blogs and Freedom of the Press
  The Productivity Paradox
  Trusted Computing
  Virtual Worlds

  Anonymity and Plurality in the Internet Age
  Electronic Voting
  Better Late than Never: Internet Usage in Latin America
  Social and Economic Evolution of Online Gaming
  Dealing with Pop-ups

  Crunch Mode: Programming to the Extreme
  Distance Education
  Effects of Internet Use
  Online Communities and Governance
  Political Action on the Internet
  Corporate Privacy Policies

  High School Computer Science Education
  India’s Response as a Non-Western Society to the Computing Age
  The Economics Behind Offshoring
  The Future of Peer to Peer Filesharing
  Costs of Computer Security at Stanford

  The Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act: Ethical Issues in Software Commerce Law
  Women and Computer Science at the College Level
  The Shortage of Female Computer Science Faculty at Stanford
  The Effects of the Internet on the Personal Lives of Stanford Students
  The Open-Source Movement
  Rage With The Machine: Grassroots Democracy in the Digital Age
  Not Just Dirty Pictures: The Social and Legal Implications of Online Pornography
  Privacy: Implications of "Cookies" and Other Clickstream Capture Technologies
  The Web vs. the Honor Code
  Participatory Design: An Approach for Systems Design
  A Retrospective on Computer Viruses
  Packet-Monitoring Software
  DVD Encryption: A Survey of the Current State of Affairs
  The Impact of the Internet on Developing Countries
  Ethical Issues Surrounding Napster

  China vs. the Internet
  A Study of Critical Systems in Military and Commerce
  Repercussions of Digital Technology on Artistic Media
  The Digital Divide
  The Digital Divide: Gender
  DMCA: A Review
  DMCA2K: An Analysis of the Effect of Changes in Copyright Law
  DVD/CSS Issues
  Intellectual Property Law
  Internet Censorship: Can it be done? Should it be done?
  Software Patent Case Studies
  Software Piracy
  The Dangers of Technological Development
  Technorealism - Understanding the Limits of Information
  The Ethics of Anonymous Computing

  Computing and the disabled
  The Y2K problem
  Risks and implications of automatic transactions on financial markets
  The programmer shortage
  Reevaluating U.S. technology export controls
  Controlling the virtual world
  Computer crime
  The "Nuremberg Files" decision
  Should we shoot the messenger? What to do with technologies that indirectly encourage copyright infringement

  The Changing Nature of Work
  Databases in Cyberspace
  Defamation and the Internet
  Internet Domain Names
  The Effect of the Internet on Interpersonal Skills
  The Gender Gap in Education
  Microsoft vs DOJ
  Optical Media
  Pricing of the Internet (#1)
  Pricing Of The Internet (#2)
  Race And Class Barriers

  Autonomous Weapons
  Clipper Chip
  Computer Addiction
  Computers in Education
  Corporate Monopolies
  Electronic Monitoring
  Electronic Vote Counting
  Global Networks
  Internet Terrorism
  Liability Law
  Public-Key Encryption

Last modified on Tue May 28 09:01:58 2013 by eroberts