Courses of Study 2021-2022 
    Dec 04, 2022  
Courses of Study 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CS 1340 - Choices and Consequences in Computing

(crosslisted) INFO 1260  
(KCM-AS, ETM-AS, SDS-AS)      
Spring. 3 credits. Student option grading.

J. Kleinberg, K. Levy.

Computing requires difficult choices that can have serious implications for real people. This course covers a range of ethical, societal, and policy implications of computing and information. It draws on recent developments in digital technology and their impact on society, situating these in the context of fundamental principles from computing, policy, ethics, and the social sciences. A particular emphasis will be placed on large areas in which advances in computing have consistently raised societal challenges: privacy of individual data; fairness in algorithmic decision-making; dissemination of online content; and accountability in the design of computing systems. As this is an area in which the pace of technological development raises new challenges on a regular basis, the broader goal of the course is to enable students to develop their own analyses of new situations as they emerge at the interface of computing and societal interests.

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