Week 04

  • INSTRUCTIONS: On the 12th February, 2019, we discussed three grey ethical areas of Intellectual Property. I have placed them here below. Choose one of them. This is your final essay of six pages and and includes powerpoint presentration of at least 3 slides.


  • OPTION 1: 13 Key Intellectual Property Issues In Mergers And Acquisitions.

    On the 12th February, 2019, we discussed how there are so many grey asreas when it comes to the ethics of Intellectual Property trade and law. This article focuses on mergers and acquisitions, particularly those involving privately held companies in the technology sector, often involve a number of significant intellectual property (IP) issues. It offers a summary of the most significant activities and issues relating to intellectual property connected with a typical acquisition of a privately held company. Read the story here. What are your your thoughts?

  • OPTION 2: Trade war: why US and China remain so far apart on intellectual property rights.

    On the 12th February, 2019, we discussed how in regards to the China/US trade war the two sides are ‘speaking different languages’ about what the US government sees as inadequate laws and IP theft. Among all the thorny issues of the ongoing trade war between the world’s two largest economies, intellectual property rights (IPR) protection will be one of the most difficult areas in which to find breakthroughs because Beijing is not going to concede to US demands, sources have said. Read the story here. What are your thoughts?

  • OPTION 3: Ford accused by software maker of intellectual property theft.

    On the 12th February, 2019, we discussed how a Texas software company that says it helped Ford Motor Co. significantly reduce warranty costs and bring vehicles to market faster has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the automaker of stealing its intellectual property. The company, Versata, on Wednesday asked a U.S. District Court judge in Texas for an injunction against Ford, which began using the software in 1998 as part of its product-development process. Read the story here. What are your thoughts?



Week 03

  • On the 5th February, 2019, we discussed how the military is tacking the ethics of using artificial intelligence in weapons taht can kill humans. In class we discussed both sides. In the linked article they say: "As the power of artificial intelligence grows, the likelihood of a future war filled with killer robots grows as well. Proponents suggest that lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWs) might cause less “collateral damage,” while critics warn that giving machines the power of life and death would be a terrible mistake." What are your thoughts?


Week 02

On the 29th January, 2019, as presented by the BBC.

The US has filed two indictments against Chinese telecoms giant Huawei and its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou. Among the 23 charges levelled against them are money laundering, bank fraud and stealing trade secrets. The latter is an intriguing tale of the alleged theft of a T-Mobile robot known as Tappy.

The charges came as China and the US headed into scheduled high-level trade talks.  Tensions are already high over the arrest of Ms Meng in Canada last month. She faces extradition to the US for allegedly evading sanctions on Iran.

Write an essay discussing the various paradigms of ethics that you see are inherent in this case


Week 02

  • On the 29th January, 2019, as presented by the BBC, tThe US Justice Department has filed a host of criminal charges against Chinese telecoms giant Huawei and its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou.

    The charges against the world's second largest smartphone maker include bank fraud, obstruction of justice and theft of technology. The case could ratchet up tensions between China and the US, and impact the firm's global expansion efforts.

    Both Ms Meng and Huawei deny the allegations. Ms Meng was arrested in Canada last month at the request of the US for allegedly evading sanctions on Iran. "For years, Chinese firms have broken our export laws and undermined sanctions, often using US financial systems to facilitate their illegal activities. This will end," said US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

    Write an essay discussing the various paradigms of ethics that you see are inherent in this case. 


Week 01

On the 29th January, 2019, as presented by the BBC.

The US has filed two indictments against Chinese telecoms giant Huawei and its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou. Among the 23 charges levelled against them are money laundering, bank fraud and stealing trade secrets. The latter is an intriguing tale of the alleged theft of a T-Mobile robot known as Tappy.

The charges came as China and the US headed into scheduled high-level trade talks.  Tensions are already high over the arrest of Ms Meng in Canada last month. She faces extradition to the US for allegedly evading sanctions on Iran.

Write an essay discussing the various paradigms of ethics that you see are inherent in this case

Week 01

A three-year study of UCCS Computer Science students correlates new student attributes with success in the overall program. It is determined that students with entrance test scores and aptitude test scores of less than 55 have on a 20% chance of completing their degree. Should the department prohibit such students from enrolling in the Computer Science program?This paper is an essay. You do not need to do any outside reading or research. The primary goal of this paper is to evaluate how you write and present arguments. Paragraph 1 of the paper should outline the problem (as stated above). Paragraph two should contain arguments for your conclusion. Paragraph three should state the conclusion and you should also mention any reservations or second thoughts you have about the conclusion.


Week 02

You are developing a bluetooth listening device to see how many Bluetooth devices are located in a certain area and estimate channel congestion. Your project revolves around a software-defined radio (SDR) device which can process wide swaths of bandwidth at once. You construct your device in a lab in the engineering building. During testing one day, you are watching the unencrypted device traffic being transmitted on bluetooth frequencies and you discover that several students in a classroom are sending and receiving information about a test they are taking. What do you do? Note that you are intercepting Bluetooth traffic, not cellphone traffic.In paragraph one, state which of the five ethical theories (Consequentialism, Deontology, Feminist, Social Contract, Virtue) you will use to evaluate the situation. In subsequent paragraphs, perform your evaluation. Each ethical theory has a particular perspective on the problem and your grade depends on how well you apply the theory. The final paragraph states your conclusion and also contains a statement from you as to whether or not you personally have any reservations about the conclusion. This paper requires research. At least two scholarly sources besides your text book must be cited.


Week 03

You are working on a facial recognition system for a law-enforcement application. Your understanding is that the software will match photos of wanted criminals to video images taken from cameras installed around town, in gas stations and convenience stores. In your testing, you discover that expensive cameras from Acme Imaging have a 0.5% false positive rate, while inexpensive cameras from Barely Engineering have a 5% false positive rate on Caucasian faces and a 15% false positive rate on darker-skinned faces. You are surprised to learn that your local police department has purchased the system and that to keep costs down, your company is supplying the cameras from Barely Engineering. What do you do, if anything?


Week 04

Read the article by Margot Wallstrom at https://www.economist.com/blogs/openfuture/2018/06/open-future-13. What ethical issues applicable to Computer Science and Engineering do you find in the ideas presented in the article? This paper is 6-10 pages long and must have at least 6 scholarly references (besides the text book). After reflection on the article, state some broad conclusions you’ve made in your first paragraph. Subsequent paragraphs should then elaborate on and support those conclusions. A final paragraph should summarize what you think is interesting or relevant to Computer Science in the article.


Week 05

It is a violation of HIPAA for a health care provider to divulge personally-identifiable health information for purposes other than billing and treatment. A friend of yours works for a parking company which supplies machines to issue parking entrance tickets and collect fees based on the amount of time parked. To prevent fraud, a photographic license-plate recognition system is used. Your friend asks you to help her in a project where in she wants to identify clinical staff from patients, and separate patients into groups based on their patterns of appearance in the parking lot. The information will be used to print advertisements on their parking receipts offering goods and services based on the person’s being identified as a patient, and based on a treatment profile deduced from their parking pattern. Your friend says your help will be valuable and offers you $55/hr for programming work. What do you do? Do you accept the job or not, do you tell someone about it?