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    Is There Intelligence in Artificial Intelligence?Miguel Angel Perez Alvarez - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (3):18-18.
    I remember reading in my distant youth an FCE book called Artificial Intelligence and the adolescent excitement for the realization of the promises of a world full of automatons serving in all spheres of daily life seemed to be realized. That was the early eighties and the world was not convulsing in the midst of a dizzying technological revolution.
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    Thinking Like a Lawyer.Johanna Blumenthal - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (3):8-10.
    Earlier this year, I volunteered to help maintain the website content for an organization with which I am associated. When I got into the administrative portion of the WordPress website, I realized that no one had made any updates to the plugins for the past a year. Knowing that many such updates patch security exploits and keep the site working properly, I was a bit unnerved.
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    Descriptive and Prescriptive Software.Richard Blumenthal - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (3):28-30.
    Every few months or so since graduate school, I encounter new circumstances that remind me of the relation between the descriptive and prescriptive approaches humans use to understand and navigate the world in which we live. My most recent reminder occurred while reading about bias in software and efforts by researchers to reduce the negative impacts of this bias on society by designing algorithms to address such biases as gender, racial, age, etc. Typically, "software bias" arises from using a descriptive (...)
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    Smart Cities.Aldo de Moor - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (3):16-17.
    Smart cities - which municipal authority does not want them? The complex societal issues - "wicked problems" - of the 21st century really are made concrete at the city level. Whereas politicians in The Hague, Brussels or Washington can endlessly discuss thorny issues like, say climate change, traffic congestion or their own Wars on Drugs, municipal decision makers need to get their act together now. How are we going to heat our buildings in winter and cool them in summer? How (...)
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    Authoritarianism and Anonymity.Michael Heron & Pauline Belford - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (3):19-27.
    The Scandal in Academia [32] [33] [34] [35] is an extended fictional case-study intended for use as a teaching and discussion aid for educational practitioners looking to introduce elements of computer ethics into their curricula. Inspired by Epstein [17] [18] it is a full-cycle scenario involving many individuals which touches upon the complexity and interrelations of modern computer ethics. It has been trailed and evaluated as a teaching tool by the authors [36] and with multiple groups since then. However its (...)
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    On Destruction in Design.Tapan Parikh & Samar Sabie - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (3):14-15.
    Sometimes to build something new you have to destroy what exists. We learned what should have been this obvious fact of existence through our collaboration with a group of 7th grade middle school students that we enlisted in a civic design project. The students were nominally tasked with designing new spaces for inter-cultural communication and public reflection on the small island our university campus shares with a small residential community in the middle of one of the most capitalized urban landscapes (...)
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    Computer Professionals Without Borders.Norberto Patrignani - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (3):17-17.
    In November 2005, a group of Italian computer professionals decided to give their knowledge for bridging the digital divide and founded ISF, "Informatici Senza Frontiere" [1]. It is a non-profit organization with the goal of providing help to people living in situations of poverty and marginalization. With the main office in Treviso now is present in most of the Italian regions with hundreds of members, men and women. Their activities span from Italy to developing countries, with courses, digitalization of hospitals (...)
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    Sunset in Seattle.Douglas Schuler - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (3):7-7.
    One of the standard things at the end of a year is to reflect back and look forward. Which I will do --- but don't let me go on too long!
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    Computer and Social Scientists Collaborate to Solve Social Problems.Taney Shondel - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (3):13-13.
    When I have time to daydream, admittedly not often, I imagine the big New York City lawyer's office from Erin Brockovich. The room is huge and overlooks the city. Instead of lawyers around the massive table, there are computer scientists and social scientists. Specifically, Ph.D. candidates and their advisors from top programs in social work, education, criminal justice, public affairs, political science, and computer and data science from around the US.
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    Corrections, Repudiations, and Revisions.Michelle Trim - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (3):11-13.
    2020 has been a strange year for many reasons. By February of 2020, the Pandemic was already impacting many parts of the world, and by April, a majority of human lives across the globe were well and truly disrupted by the Covid-19 virus. Some might remember this period as that time when hand sanitizer and toilet paper couldn't be obtained, even at gouged prices. Others may remember this past summer as the time when violence against Black people at the hands (...)
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    Thinking Like a Lawyer.Johanna Blumenthal - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (2):10-10.
    Have you ever heard the phrase, thinking like a lawyer? Perhaps the most commonly echoed phrase about law school is that students learn how to "think like a lawyer," but what does that mean? As a lawyer, who went through the initiating ritual of law school, sitting for the bar, and litigating cases, I have allegedly gained this skill called "thinking like a lawyer." As I reflect upon how the experience of becoming a lawyer and practicing law changed my thinking, (...)
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    Diversity and its Role in Computing Resources for Further Reflection.Johanna Blumenthal, Richard Blumenthal, Lisa Kaczmarczyk & Mikey Goldwebber - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (2):15-16.
    Last July, members of Computing for the Social Good in Education community issued the following statement and associated resources.
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    Is Computing Hiding Behind a Mask of Software Neutrality?Richard Blumenthal - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (2):17-18.
    Recently, I've been reading Kendi's How to be an Antiracist, in which he posits "there is no neutrality in the racism struggle" and further notes "the claim of 'not racist' neutrality is a mask for racism" [5]. This position and his subsequent justification made me wonder whether software can be neutral and what might be hidden by computing neutrality's mask?
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    Extraordinary Times Now and Stretching Out as Far as the Eye Can See.Douglas Schuler - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (2):7-9.
    As the Chair of SIGCAS, part of my responsibility is to provide periodic updates and perspectives to the SIG membership regarding SIGCAS activities and topics related to computers and society. The "From the Chair" columns appearing in Computer and Society provides a medium for presenting these updates and perspectives. It is my honor to contribute my first "From the Chair" column.
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    Data Feudalism.Marc Sunet - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (2):14-14.
    Data is capital in the age of surveillance capitalism. Regulation should be passed and enforced to control how companies collect, store, and use data. Today, this is done surreptitiously, without people's knowledge or consent. But beyond that, perhaps data should also be taxed.
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    Essentialism is the Enemy of the Good.Michelle Trim - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (2):11-13.
    Right after the spring semester ended, I was invited to do an ethics workshop for a Data Science for the Common Good graduate student research program [6]. It had been a week since George Floyd was killed by police [15], and weeks before Covid-19 related deaths had initially peaked in most parts of the U.S. Organizations, and then even retailers, started sharing anti-racism statements, promises, and in the case of Amazon, Black Lives Matter banners on their website. Press related to (...)
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    Hello, World.Komal Aheer & A. Cameron Macdonell - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (1):13-14.
    We have created a cross-institution activity to explore the outcomes of an Internationalization at Home initiative conducted to expose first year computer science students to the concept of computing for social good in an international context. In doing so we explore how differences in culture can influence students' perceptions and approaches to computing for social good.
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    When Voting, Trust Computer Scientists.Richard Blumenthal - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (1):25-25.
    "The right of suffrage is a fundamental Article in Republican Constitutions" [6].
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    Intentionally Educating for the Social Good in Computer Science.Richard Blumenthal & Johanna E. Blumenthal - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (1):15-16.
    As exemplified in the ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, the ethical responsibility of computing professionals obliges both guiding and aspirational behaviors. The guiding aspect of this responsibility includes ethical principles focused on avoiding harm and trustworthiness, while the aspirational aspect focuses on contributing to society and human well-begin. Ethical computing is often identified with the guiding principles. Though valued, they should not overshadow the aspirational aims of ethical computing. Towards this end, we advocate for a proactive pedagogy that (...)
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    CS+Social Good.Belce Dogru, Matthew Sun & Vik Pattabi - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (1):17-18.
    This submission introduces CS+Social Good, a student organization at Stanford University, which works at the intersection of tech and social impact. In this paper, we introduce one of our educational initiatives that might be of interest to the SIGCSE community, focusing specifically on our Studio program, which is offered as CS51 and CS52 from the Stanford University Computer Science Department. For this student-taught class, student teams partner with nonprofits and social ventures to build impactful technical projects over the course of (...)
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    Race and Gender in Silicon Valley.Cynthia Lee - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (1):19-20.
    I am a Lecturer of Computer Science, and typically teach programming and theory course. This autumn, I introduced a new seminar course, Race & Gender in Silicon Valley, offered in the Computer Science Department but in a format more typical of a humanities or social science course. One of the primary feedbacks from students about the course was that every computer scientist should be required to learn this material! I believe that presenting the syllabus and an overview of the students' (...)
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    Encouraging CS Students to Compute for Social Good Through Collaborative, Community-Engaged Projects.S. Monisha Pulimood, Kim Pearson & Diane Bates - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (1):21-22.
    Which pedagogical techniques better engage computer science students in computing for social good? We examine this question with students enrolled in classes using the Collaborating Across Boundaries to Engage Undergraduates in Computational Thinking pedagogical model, that pairs CS and non-CS courses with a community partner to propose solutions to a local problem. Pre- and post-tests of self-assessed concerns about civic responsibility, global responsibility, and local civic efficacy were administered to the students in a three-year long pedagogical experiment, which paired five (...)
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    How Might SIGCAS Make History in the Next Era?Douglas Schuler - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (1):9-10.
    The title of this column comes from the parting provocation in my column in the previous SIGCAS Newsletter. Besides reducing the burden of coming up with a new title it actually does describe this essay reasonably well. Fancy that!
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    Breaking Barriers, Building Understanding.Kelly Steelman & Charles Wallace - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (1):23-24.
    In entering the digital realm, older adults face obstacles beyond the physical and cognitive barriers traditionally associated with accessibility. One of these obstacles, technology related anxiety, is particularly problematic because it discourages exploration and way finding, two behaviors critical to the development of digital literacy. We see opportunities to address this issue and bring isolated older adults into a larger digital community, while simultaneously offering our students with valuable first-hand experience learning about and addressing the challenges faced by capable people (...)
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    Moving From Consciousness.Michelle Trim - 2021 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 49 (1):11-12.
    This past fall semester, I had the idea to lead a small group of graduate students in offering a First Year seminar for new computer science and informatics majors that focuses on ethics. Feeling clever, I themed our sections: "What makes a 'good' computer scientist?" Together, my students and I taught nine sections under this label. It was a learning experience teaching this one-credit course alongside this brilliant group of MS and PhD students, two of whom had been in my (...)
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