Disclosure: information intentionally conveyed outside channels Topic: concerns a significant moral problem Agent: employee or former employee Recipient: in position to take action
Types of Whistleblowing
Internal External Open Anonymous
China has enormous economic power
Huge economic growth 6th largest economy 3rd most active trading nation US economy still 8 times larger than Chinas
Chinas strength lies in labor
Growth due to manufacturing Skilled, educated, selfdisciplined workforce
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Computers in the Third World:
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Basel Convention Agreement
Signed by 166 nations Reduce hazardo
How do we deal with privacy in the internet age?
How do we identify people on the internet? How do we maintain privacy of large digital databases?
Where is privacy in the Constitution?
No illegal searches and seizures
What organizational problems contributed to shuttle accidents?
How did NASAs history affect space shuttle program?
Originally part of manned mission to Mars
Space station Space shuttle Space tug
What limited the shuttle program?
Became space shuttle on
How do you make a moral judgment?
Ethical problems are practical problems
What are the specifications? How do you solve the problem? What are the constraints?
Decide if something is right or wrong Then decide what to do Determining blame is often not he
Why can we think of engineering as social experimentation?
an experimental process usually using humans as subjects
How is engineering experimental?
Projects are carried out in partial ignorance. Final outcomes are unknown. Knowledge gained before and a
Ethical rules of thumb
Dont do anything you wouldnt do with your mother standing next to you. Dont do anything that you wouldnt want to appear on 60 Minutes.
Seeks to balance good and bad outcomes, taking into a
Why ethics in engineering?
What is the first principle?
The study of the ethical aspects of the actions and decisions of engineers Engineers shall hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public.
What are engineers social responsibilities?
By: Marco A. Rodriguez, Jose Luna, Jose Maldonado Engineering 101: Engineering Ethics Professor Danielle Swiontek March 07, 2007
President Bush once stated America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the wo
Why are ethics important?
Keeps you out of jail Lets you sleep at night Helps you do the right thing
What are corporate ethics?
Ethical corporations focus on core business Leaders can condone unethical behavior or punish it Corporate culture and structu
Military Industrial Complex
Eisenhower first warned in 1961 Pervasiveness and interconnections between military spending and society
US Defense Spending
$400 billion to DoD $1 trillion from 20032008/09 Reaching and surpassing Cold War levels
Why corporate scandals?
National belief in capitalism Value pursuit of personal wealth Oppose public constraints on capitalism Expect corporations to self-police
New view of corporations developed in 1980s
In 1970s, US was falling behind foreign competi
Women have made real gains since 1970s
In 1980s, a lot of firsts (astronauts, Supreme Court justice, etc.) 1992 Year of the Woman By 1998, 60% of women in work force More women in high-paying jobs
But continuing pay inequity
Women make 75 cents to every