Social Implications of Computer Technology

CS 195, Fall 2019


Topics, Readings, and Assignments

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Essay Essay Assigned Essay Due Peer Reviews Due
1 09/17 09/24 10/01
2 10/08 10/15 10/22
3 10/29 11/05 11/12

09/3 Free Speech (Slides)

Optional: Ellis, Emma Grey, "Win or Lose, the Alex Jones Lawsuit Will Help Redefine Free Speech"

Optional: Malcolm, Jeremy and Cohn, Cindy and O'Brien, Danny, "Fighting Neo-Nazis and the Future of Free Expression"

Optional: Fisher, Max, "Inside Facebook's Secret Rulebook for Global Political Speech"

Optional: Stone, Geoffrey R. and Volokh, Eugene, "Interactive Constitution: The meaning of free speech"

Optional: Jeong, Sarah, "The History of Twitter's Rules"

Optional (from lecture): Derzsy, Noemi, "Strategies for combating online hate" (see also original research article—requires VPN)

09/10 Privacy (Slides)

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Popken, Ben, "Sites Spying on You in Weird New Ways, Princeton Study Exposes"

Menand, Louis, "Why Do We Care So Much About Privacy?"

Homayoun, Ana, "The Secret Social Media Lives of Teenagers"

Optional: Rachels, James, "Why Privacy is Important" (VPN required)

Optional: Powazek, Derek, "I'm Not The Product, But I Play One on the Internet"

Optional: Piovesan, Carole, "How Privacy Laws Are Changing To Protect Personal Information"

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de Cardenas, Antonio, "Patent vs. Copyright Protection for Computer Software" (short, read first)

Stallman, Richard, "Misinterpreting Copyright—A Series of Errors"

Reynolds, Matt, "What is Article 13? The EU's divisive new copyright plan explained"

Optional: Mullin, Joe, "'Your criticisms are completely wrong': Stallman on software patents, 20 years in"

Optional: Stallman, Richard, "The Danger of Software Patents" (video)

Optional: Heckel, Paul, "Debunking the Software Patent Myths"

09/24 Jobs

CGP Grey, "Humans Need Not Apply"

Williams, Alex, "Will Robots Take Our Children's Jobs?"

Surowiecki, James, "The Great Tech Panic: Robots Won't Take All Our Jobs"

Optional: Dalai Lama, The, "Dalai Lama: Behind Our Anxiety, the Fear of Being Unneeded"

Optional: Bernstein, Raman "The Great Decoupling: An Interview with Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee"

Optional: McKinsey Global Institute, "Harnessing automation for a future that works" and the "Appendix"

10/01 Guest Lecture

10/08 Ethical Frameworks and Decision-Making

10/15 Algorithmic Bias

10/22 Finance

10/29 Software Risks and Professional Ethics

11/05 News and Politics

11/19 War

11/26 NO CLASS (Thanksgiving week)

12/03 Special Topic