What you will do:
Choose a user-facing technology such as an application or website
1. Perform an ethical analysis of that technology
2. Identify an ethical dilemma related to the design and/or use of that technology
3. Take a stance on that dilemma.
4. Identify an individual or group that this dilemma is relevant to
E.g., a potential user, a regulator, a president or CEO, a manager, a developer or designer, etc.
5. Write a brief (less than 500 words) letter to that individual or group arguing your position.
—–What you will write:
1. A write-up of your ethical analysis (maximum two pages single-spaced) that must:
—Identify the stakeholders in the technology’s use, design, and development
—Analyze the motivations and goals of these stakeholders
—Analyze how the dilemma affects these stakeholders
—-Identify a party to write to, and justify that decision
2. Your letter to the relevant individual or group (another 500 words or so)
THE FINAL DELIVERABLE SHOULD INCLUDE 500 WORDS ABOUT THE DILEMMA AND 500 WORDS(THE LETTER TO THE COMPANY OFFICIAL)
You may choose any technology you are interested in. If you do not have any ideas, you might try one of the following:
Video-enabled proctor software (e.g., Proctor360)
Automated parking ticket appeal system (e.g., donotpay.com)
As an example: You might analyze Adblock Plus, focus on whether it should allow “acceptable ads” by default, and write a letter to the co-founder of the company that maintains it, Wladimir Palant.
How you will be graded:
Whether you identify all relevant stakeholders beyond those that are immediately obvious.
Whether your analysis shows a thoughtful reflection of the motivations and goals of all identified stakeholders. (e.g., demonstrate you’ve carefully considered different viewpoints in your reflection?)
What you will do: