Computing and Values
Friday, September 21, 2018 — 3:30PM - 430PM
Current advances in technology are inviting, perhaps necessitating, conversations about ethics and values in computing. Social Media platforms are re-thinking the conversations that they should encourage or even allow. The ACM is in its final stages of updating its Code of Ethics. Top universities are rushing to add courses in the Ethics of Computing to their curriculum. But what are ethics? How are they different from values and morals? Why does it matter? Ethics tend to be a set of rules adopted for a group of people: Medical ethics, Business ethics, Computing ethics. Often they are informed by the values and morals of those who create the rules. But values and morals tend to vary by culture, gender, generation, and faith affiliation among other factors. Because of this, conflicts can arise. Understanding one’s values, what one is passionate about, along with the values of others, is essential to building a computing community that can work together for mutual benefit. These discoveries can create a framework for future decision-making, both personal and corporate. This BoF aims to help attendees explore their personal core values and how those values would influence their view of ethics in computing. The discussion time will provide an opportunity to hear others apply their core values in a way that might produce a different ethical decision. The goal is to help future leaders in computing to think early about what must be considered when making decisions about the direction of technology for the good of all.
Renee Fall, University of Massachusetts-Amherst Lori Carter, Point Loma Nazarene University