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    Agenda 02 Ethical Values

    Assigned work Due In

    Place your notes on pages 1..25 on front desk for grading.

    First exercise.

    Graded work returned, see [ 02feedback.html ]


    1. Introduction
    2. The "Law of the Horse"? We do have special laws for the automobile!
    3. |- (Lessig): norms+law+market+code regulate behavior.
    4. Core moral values should drive norms/laws/market/code.
    5. Iron Cage or Gateway to Utopia?
    6. (Ethical frameworks): Utilitarianism & cost/benefit analysis, contracts/rights, natural rights(for human flourishing/fulfillment), moral duties.
    7. (Postscript): moral theory
    8. (Normative Principles): autonomy, nonmaleficence, beneficence, justice


    1. Any questions about this chapter? Make a list of two or three on a piece of paper. Pair; Square; Share.
    2. p25 1.Technological Realism
    3. p25 2. Lessig's framework
    4. p25 3. Kant's moral theory
    5. p25 4. Teleological and deontological theories.
    6. Give an example of the way the Internet and computer technology has come into collision with "the powers that be".
    7. Give an examples of (a) a norm, (b) a law, (c) the market, or (d) some code that specifically impacts life on this campus.
    8. Given that we don't have a special "law of the horse", do we have any special"law of the horseless carriage"? and if so why?
    9. Give an example of a hardware/software system that, in your opinion, shows that the developers were not responsible or not prudent enough to preserve core moral values.
    10. Draw a picture of the relation between technological determinism, neutralism, utopianism, and realism. Given an example of each.
    11. Here are two UML diagrams [ 02.gif ] showing a telelogical theories and a deontological theory. Which is which?
    12. Describe a situation with 2 or 3 alternative actions. Sketch out a rough cost/benefit matrix (like that on page 13) for the situation.
    13. Give an example of an action that a naive user of the internet might do without thought that has negative consequences for a large number of people.
    14. Give an example of an Internet phenomenon that brings two or more fundamental rights into collision.
    15. Give an example of a way of acting on the Internet that works if only a few do it, but would bring the Internet to a halt if everybody did it. What is the ethical conclusion?
    16. Name the four Normative Principles described in the book. Take one of them an create a single sentence definition.
    17. Name the four normative principles in the book. Select one(1) of them and give an example of how it applies to your activities while programming a computer.


    You have 30 minutes to write an essay to answer the question:


    Work for next time

    Read: Pages 29..51 on Regulation and Government

    Write: 1 or 2 pages of rough notes.

    Hand in: at start of next class

    . . . . . . . . . ( end of section Agenda 02 Ethical Values) <<Contents | Index>>

  1. p25::="page 25. a set of discussion questions".

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