Catalogue 2019 - 2020

PH 225 Ethics of Digital Technology


3 cr.


Sophomore standing.

Course Description

This course will address social and ethical issues that arise in the computing and information technologies. We will begin with an introduction to moral reasoning and an overview of the main ethical theories and their normative frameworks. We will then address some of the standard topics in computer ethics, including concerns about the internet and its regulation, the ethics of search engines, privacy and surveillance, intellectual digital property, cybersecurity, and professional codes of ethics. Finally, we will explore the broader topics in the ethics of information technologies, including the ethics of big data science's methods, assumptions, and applications, the ethics of algorithms and artificial intelligence, and robot ethics.




every semester.