SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY
COMPUTER & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT
SIT 402 : ISSUES IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(a) IBM’s T. J. Watson Laboratory is working on software called the Artificial Passenger. Suppose you’re driving alone to a far away destination. The Artificial Passenger will
engage you in conversation and analyze your responses. For example, the program may
ask you, “Who was the first person you ever dated?” If your response is mumbled,
incorrect, or even just too slow in coming, the program may sound an alarm, roll down a
window, or start music playing. It may even suggest you pull over or find a hotel at
which to spend the night.
Discuss possible benefits and risks associated with IBM’s Artificial Passenger.
(b) Explain how a computer-related career, such as programming or system administration, is similar and dis-similar to a fully developed profession, such as medicine?
(a) Describe the Daniel Solove’s taxonomy of privacy. Give examples of activities conducted by government agencies falling into each of these categories.
(b) Discuss the main moral dimensions of an information society and describe specific principles for conduct that can be used to guide ethical decisions.
(a) Describe eight ethical theories / eight frameworks for moral decision-making.
(b) Describe the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
(a) Discuss the principal categories of users of digital rights management systems.
(b) Describe the phenomenon of Digital Divide and adduce evidence of its existence.
(c) Present a critique of the digital divide argument.