Possible Topics for CSE 2501 Class Discussion, Papers, and Presentations

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Possible Topics for CSE 2501

Class Discussion, Papers, and Presentations


You can build on these topics in a variety of ways


specialize one and make it more narrowly
focused, or broaden an issue to contain parts of another one. Be clear about what you’re
discussing. Is it analysis and alternatives, or it is advocacy? (Revised:

January 1, 2010)



Codes of Ethics




IEEE/CS and ACM Codes of Ethics


compared to other professions, can you be a
professional without a code of ethics, and does the code of ethics raise the stature of
programmers and other computer professionals?




Code o
f Ethics for CSE Department?


Would unethical practices by others diminish you?
What about other Departments at OSU


Electrical & Computer Engineering, School of
Business MBA Program? What about departments at other schools? Codes of academic
misconduct
and their enforcement, Should we have a code of ethics for students and
faculty in the OSU Department of Computer Science and Engineering?




Professional Engineers codes of ethics, other professions’ ethical standards




CISSP and PMP Codes of Ethics




Do othe
r departments or colleges at OSU have codes of ethics and/or behavior?



Entertainment




Digital Music


personal music (record, cassette, CD, MP3), music availability, music
piracy, copyrights, fair use, music industry vs. individual musicians, digital
-
sat
ellite
-
internet radio, pod casting, TV & moving recording, RIAA & MPAA/MPA




Digital Television


technology advance, bandwidth to existing stations, government
mandate for change, concerns about piracy and copying, broadcast flag, subsidies to
consumers, d
ifferences with other countries’ standards, satellite TV and radio; is
resolution the biggest problem with TV?




Digital Production


digital animation and special effects for movies, digital sound
production, digital editing, digital projection in theaters

(distribution costs and security




Computers and Photography


Digital cameras, video cameras, digital image processing




Digital Pornography


easy availability of pornography over the internet, artificial vs.
“real” child pornography, “.xxx” web domain, w
eb
-
site blockers


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Copyright (and Patent) Protections


CD & DVD copying, encryption of material and its
copyright, traditional books and magazines, Google and other attempts at digital libraries,
answers to textbook questions, intellectual property, softwa
re copyrights and patents,
attempts to copy protect CDs (including Sony recently), Digital Rights Management




Computer Gaming


on
-
line gaming, stand alone games, violence and first person shooter,
gambling




Games


arcade and table/board games, role of co
mputers in football


BCS



Telephony

and Networking




Telephony and Cell Phones


dialing and phone lines almost anachronisms, consolidation
in the phone business (Ohio Bell once again part of AT&T), competition between phone
companies and cable companies,

phone voice messaging, phone text messaging, e
-
mail on
telephone, personalized ads on a cell phone, digital wire taps, domestic surveillance, 3
rd

generation cell phones with GPS, 4
th

generation?, ICE (In Case of Emergency), “dog poop
girl”, culture change
s




Long distance commoditization, distribution of services to Asia




Internet Governance


should US dominate?, network neutrality




Telephony


cell phones, voice over IP



Embedded Computers




Computers in Cars


engine control, emission control/management,

maintenance
information, GPS navigation and tracking, crash avoidance




Computers in Airplanes


computerized air traffic control (how is it that the major US
commercial airline accident was caused by inadequate staffing in the control tower, not by
terror
ism?), automatic navigation, control of aerodynamic surfaces, in
-
flight services,
super sonic fighters un flyable without computer control




Computers in Space Exploration


computer control of telescopes, digital reconstruction
of images, Java controlled M
ars exploration, aging computer programs on the space
shuttle, moon missions programmed with punched cards (is that why we haven’t been
back?)




Computers in Warfare


smart bombs, drone (auto
-
piloted) aircraft, computerized fire
control (Navy, Army, and Ai
r Force), deployed sensor arrays, GPS (distorted for non
-
military use), imaging satellites, (Websites of Mass Distraction)


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Computers in Manufacturing


scheduling, logistics management (“just in time”), quality
control, numerically controlled machines, cu
stom manufacturing (jeans customized to
your size, but automatically manufactured), robotics




Computers and Agriculture


potential for deployed sensors, monitoring the food chain



Business and
Commerce




Electronic Commerce


on
-
line sales, collection of
sales tax, electronic tax reporting,
federal income tax calculation, replacement of catalogs with web sites, special handling of
credit cards on
-
line, spam, phising, computer viruses, on
-
line fraud




Computers Supporting Traditional Commerce


payroll compu
tation, accounting, package
tracking with FedEx and UPS, computer aided logistics for shipping and just
-
in
-
time store
restocking, credit cards, freeway traffic management, potential for prepaid “gift card”
fraud, cash registers, bar code scanning, Ohio’s h
istorical role with cash registers and
UPC, sales tax computation, point
-
of
-
sale services, point
-
of
-
sale advertising, on
-
line stock
trading, NYSE becoming computerized, RFID, replacement of catalogs with web sites,
on
-
line reservation systems, airplane (tr
ain, bus) scheduling, e
-
tickets, credit reports,
personnel background checks, maps and travel planning, data mining for market analysis,
e
-
mail fraud




Computers in Business


Sarbanes
-
Oxley, fraud schemes, spam, time
-
off tracking,
regulation compliance tra
cking, e
-
mail and web
-
site use tracking, contracting and out
sourcing, work related visa policies, ethics in business (Roger Blackwell, OSU Professor
(convicted)), what is legal responsibility of person backing
-
up business e
-
mails?




Stores


cash registers




Charge cards



Computers in Government




Computers in Government


electronic voting (voting machines big business and
controversial in Ohio), voting systems in legislatures, information availability (Ohio
Legislature and Supreme Court), availability of
other public records, faculty lists and
salaries, public information on sex offenders, public information on real
-
estate taxes,
federally mandated databases of registered voters, ethics in government (US House
Majority Leader, Tom Delay (accused); Governor

of Ohio, Bob Taft (convicted) (also
ranked as one of the three worst governors by Time magazine Nov, 21, 2005); Brian
Hicks (convicted), Ohio State Board of Trustees, and many, many more)




Elections


electronic voting machines, hacking into voting machin
es, hacking into
transmissions and tallying, public records versus the private ballot,

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Politics


web based fund raising



Computers and Society




Digital Divide


gap between digital technology “haves” and “have nots”




Separation or unification




Is the In
ternet (and Internet Service Providers) like a common carrier and have to treat
customers equally or can particular users be treated specially?



Computers in Religion




Church web pages, PowerPoint to show the words to hymns on screen during service




Religion


reconstructing a Dead Sea Scroll from index to character use




One of motivations for clocks was religious, bell ringing technology was a predessor to
punch cards, astronomy was motivated by desire to set the date of Easter



Artificial Intellige
nce and Robotics




Implications of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence


robots for more than just
manufacturing, self guided vehicles, medical prostheses, robotics in surgery



News and Information




News and Information


traditional news outlets have web
sites, web only information
providers, webzines, BLOGS, Chinese (for example) restrictions on web searching,
replacement of libraries, information searching (Google vs. Chemical Abstracts,
Lexus/Nexus, On
-
line College Library Center), web sites promoting u
npopular
viewpoints, alternate news sources, limited interest publications, reliability of on
-
line
information, traditional “library” research



Teaching and Learning




Teaching and Learning


calculators and the teaching of arithmetic, calculators in high
school algebra, on
-
line courses (and instructional software for high school & college),
instructional software (young children), test preparation software, shift from universities
to two
-
year and technical schools, decline in the number of computer science

majors,
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decline in the percentage of women, 9/11 implications reducing number of foreign
graduate students and its eventual impact on US leadership in computing




$100 computer for wide distribution




Teaching elementary arithmetic and implications of calcu
lators




Word processing


decline of cursive, no secretarial pools




Course materials


web pages and on
-
line documents like this one



Computers and Health are




Computers and Health Care


health care privacy, medical records, HIPPA, insurance
processing,
DNA mapping (ethics of DNA testing), assessing insurance risk based on
medical tests, ODJFS



Computers and Privacy




Computers and Personal Privacy


Patriot Act, domestic surveillance, customer tracking
through loyalty cards



Computers and Security




Comp
uters and Security


Homeland security and computer support, profiling databases
and data mining, facial recognition, shipping container contents inspection and tracking,
terrorist risk because of societal dependence on computers




Emergency services


GPS
based 911, locating cell phones



Computers and the Environment




Environmental Impacts of Computers


Pollution caused by computers (manufacturing,
disposal)



Microsoft




Microsoft Dominance


monopolistic practices or just winning through fair
competition,
Bill Gates (Time Man
-
of
-
the
-
Year 2005), previous dominance by other companies (IBM,
AT&T, Standard Oil of Ohio), good and bad examples, how they work with small
computer services companies

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Open Source




Open Source Business Model


why does I
BM support free and open source software,
Open Document Model, volunteers or commercial interests, shrink wrapped licensing?,
multi
-
authorship software



Web 2.0




Web 2.0, multi
-
authorship web sites, BLOG (Web Log


We Blog), OCLC (Online
Computer Library
Center) versus CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service), it gets better as
more people use it.




Meeting people


friendster, myspace




Dating Services, eHarmony, foreign bride brokerages, adoption agencies




Encyclopedia


wiki



Advertising




Advertising


getting p
eople to visit, location based cell phone ads




Market forecasting with Excel (the oldest become new)



More 2501

ideas


1.

Research


librarians replaced by Google

2.

Photography


digital

3.

Movies


production, special effects, distribution, display

4.

Maps


mapquest, GoogleMaps, GPS

5.

Accounting fraud

6.

“To err is human, but it takes a computer to rally foul things up.:

7.

music


MP3, down loading songs

8.

digital TV

9.

Internet & web

10.

Taxes


preparation software, sales tax &check out

11.

Medical insurance

12.

Health care


robo
tic prostrate surgery

13.

Church web sites, accounting, word processing, PowerPoint in worship services

14.

Political polling and voting prediction

15.

Computer controls in cars

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Security


face recognition, profiling, wire tapping, detection

17.

Air traffic control

18.

Agricu
lture


distriutable sensors

19.

War fighting


network of randomly distributed sensors

20.

Computers and arts


animation, music

21.

Computers in air craft control

22.

Computerized war fighting in general (US tanks)

23.

Bar codes, RFID tags

24.

On
-
line shoping (replacing catalog
s)

25.

Administering standardized test

26.

Games


multi
-
player, on
-
line

27.

Digital child pornography

28.

On
-
line dating services

29.

Virtual reality for training

30.

Training for pilots & tank drivers

31.

Truck driving (re)routing

32.

Truck rerouting for delivery of Fretoes

and furnace repairs

33.

Electronic brokerages


energy/Enron, real estate, New York Stock Exchange

34.

On
-
line gambling

35.

Death


obituary for my mother

36.

Medical research


DNA

37.

Computer storage devices

38.

Advances with CDs & DVDs

39.

Publishing


books (textbooks) and maga
zines

40.

Book sales

41.

Monitoring the food chain

42.

multiple contributor web sites


wiki

43.

MySpace, YouTube


old, so what’s new

44.

OSU library


access to Safari

45.



Iraq War

Illegal immigration

National security oriented
wire
-
tapping

2012

election

Ethics

issues in Cong
ress

Vice President
Cheney

shoots friend in hunting accident


“We’ve heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete
works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true.”


Robert
Wilensky

(quoted on p. 1 of “Practical Ajax Projects with Java Technology”, Apress)


text messaging (more in Europe)

What’s the next thing



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List of thoughts and topics:




WiFi squatting
-

illegal in UK and some states



social networking
-

Facebook, Myspace, Linked
IN



security in general
-

system security
-

everybody's responsibility



telephone changes



TV changes
-

when digital only?



music
-

videos
-

downloading



business accounting
-

Sarbanes/Oxley
-

responsibility

off
-
shoring
-

think about what happened to Matel




technology changes



usual business ethics

usual ethical models

computers are part of business



electronic voting



vote swapping sites in 2000

(people in swing states vote with major party paired with

"safe
-
state" voters going with third party,

to get vot
es for Nader but still elect Gore)



credit cards (general ones only since the 1950's)



credit score



high tech soldier



Patriot Act and wire taps and e
-
mail surveillance



use of copyrighted content on web pages



Ohio e
-
voting and open records law



H
-
1B visas & immigration reform



Net neutrality



Cat
-
6 and higher speed networks



WiFi, wide area (cell phone) networks



WiFi in cities and rural areas



patent reform

(first to file, rather than first to invent,

limits on value of sub
-
technologies,

challen
ges before granting)



security & reliability stuff