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Lecture32 - Science CSCI 328 Fall 2011 Session 32...

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1 Ethical Issues in Computer  Science   CSCI 328, Fall 2011 Session 32 Professional Ethics in Computing
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2 Responsibilities of CS professionals All information societies are dependent on computer experts. What are their responsibilities to society? Should we hold them to a higher standard of behavior? With great power .... ...comes great responsibility.
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3 Therac-25 Therac 25 was a radiation therapy machine built in the 1980's. Hardware safety features were converted to software. Bug in the software--under certain conditions patients received overdose of radiation. Six patients harmed. Three died. What responsibility do the programmer's have for the failure?
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4 Managing Social Relationships IT systems are sociotechnical They are created and function in a social context. IT professionals work within social relationships. With whom do they work? Managing these relationships is an important aspect of their work.
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