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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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    Responsibility, What's Appropriate?Richard Blumenthal - 2020 - Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 48 (3-4):15-15.
    "Thus SIGCAS was born amidst controversy... And the work of the SIG, if done correctly, will undoubtedly invite controversy." 1 Whether intentional, Mark Zuckerberg's, Chief Executive Officer of Facebook, position on free expression and Internet platforms has undoubtedly invited controversy. As Mr. Zuckerberg is a recognized leading computing professional, I applaud him for taking a stand and "addressing concerns and raising awareness about the ethical and society impact of computers", which is the defined scope of SIGCAS' specialty [2]. As Editor-in-Chief, (...)
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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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    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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    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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    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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