Reading List, ECS 188
- THEME: Our issues involve decisions you may need to address as
future engineers, engineering managers, tech entrepreneurs and so on.
- More items will be added occasionally.
- Topics will not necessarily be covered in this order.
- Some of these URLs are accessible only from UCD IP addresses.
- CRIT: Critical thinking.
- PROFBUS: Formal ethical codes, professional and business
Applied Ethics, Sec. 5, Professional Ethics,
from the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
(Re-)Interpreting Fiduciary Duty to Justify
Socially Responsible Investment for
Pension Funds? (corporate fiduciary vs. social responsibility),
J. Sandberg, Corporate Governance, 2013, 21(5) (requires UCD
How Could Volkswagen's Top Engineers Not Have
Known?, Bloomberg Businessweek, October 21, 2015
What Was Volkswagen Thinking?, The Atlantic , Jan./Feb.
ACM Code of Ethics
speech by FBI Director James Comey
and a rejoinder,
The FBI Is Dead Wrong: Apple's Encryption Is Clearly in the Public
Interest, Ken Gude, Wired, October 17, 2014
- Congress Unimpressed by Yahoo Apology for China
Dissident E-mail Testimony, ars technica, November 6, 2007
Brin on Google's China decision, TED talk
Executives Couldn't Care Less About Civil Liberties, Bill
Blunden, Counterpunch, September 15, 2014
Snapchat and the Liability Conundrum, Knowledge@Wharton, October
- CULT: Ethical issues across cultures.
- AGE: Age discrimination issues.
Special Report: Silicon Valley's Dirty Secret - Age Bias,
Sarah McBride, Reuters, November 27, 2012
Recession Hit Older Tech Workers Harder, Labor Data Shows,
Computerworld, Pat Thibodeau and Sharon Machlis, January 27,
STEM, A. Carnevale et al,
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 2011;
Acknowledgments section and pp.33-67
"Older IT Workers and Possible Age-Related
Discrimination," chapter in Building a Workforce for the Information
Economy, National Academies Press, 2001; see also
Commission membership, p.v of the
High-Tech Hiring: Youth Matters
V. Wadhwa, Bloomberg Businessweek,
January 15, 2008
The Adverse Impact of Work Visa Programs on Older U.S. Engineers and
California Labor and Employment Law Review, August 2006
The Corporate Perspective: Intel's Approach to H-1Bs
(relevance here on the college hiring, not H-1B)
- SPY: Mass government surveillance, corporate complicity,
general privacy issues..
Machine-Learning Algorithm Aims to Identify Terrorists Using the V
Signs They Make, MIT Technology Review, March 8, 2016;
NSA's SKYNET Program May Be Killing Thousands of Innocent
People, ars technica, February 16, 2016
Hello, My Name Is..., Communications of the
ACM, August 2014
Edward Snowden Clemency: The New York Times, The
Guardian Urge Obama To Help NSA Whistleblower, Huffington
Post, January 2, 2014
Upholds N.S.A.'s Bulk Collection of Data on Calls
, New York Times, December 27, 2013
Have a Nice Day, NSA , Vannessa Barbara, New
York Times, September 28, 2013
Dianne Feinstein Accidentally Confirms That NSA
Tapped The Internet Backbone, Tech Dirt, September 27,
- GENDER AND RACE: Gender and race discrimination issues.
The Subtle Ways Gender Gaps Persist in Science,
, Chronicle of Higher Education
Why Doesn't Silicon Valley Hire Black Coders?, and
Earning College Majors For African Americans (including the Gallery
the Bamboo Ceiling," The Atlantic, November 2014
Thoughts on the Ellen Pao Case, and the
Gender/Silicon Valley Interaction
Physics Departments Without Women, Science
Careers, July 29, 2013
Why Emphasizing Ethics Matters to Female Employees
Knowledge@Wharton, May 6, 2013
- The Confidence Gap
- Technology's Man Problem, New York Times,
April 5, 2014
- Debate: Is Britain more sexist than other cultures?,
Cherwell, May 2, 2014;
Indian Men Lead in Sexual Violence, Worst on Gender
Equality: Study,The Times of India, March 7, 2011;
New Study Reveals Just How Jaw-Droppingly Sexist the American
workplace Still Is, Salon, May 5, 2015
Are Scientists Sexist? New Study Identifies a Gender Bias,
Smithsonian, September 24, 2012 and
Is academic science sexist?
Tech's Gender Gap Wasn't Always So Bad; Here's How It Got Worse,
Wired, November 25, 2014; here is a second example of a female
CS student feeling inadequate in spite of good grades
- Girls 'Better Than Boys at Making Computer Games'
The [London] Telegraph, November 28, 2014
- H-1B: Work visa issues.
- Article on
formidable Mrs. Wedel, INCLUDING the video (first 9 minutes).
update. And for a troubling example of what can happen with a
few wrong turns in life, read about
Closing Economic Windows: How H-1B Visa Denials Cost U.S.-Born Tech
Workers Jobs and Wages During the Great Recession. Compare to:
How to Keep America Competitive,
Bill Gates, Washington Post, February 25, 2007. Compare with
Wadhwa article in AGE section above.
The Bogus High-Tech Worker Shortage: How Guest
Workers Lower US Wages , by H. Salzman et al, PBS
Newshour, July 24, 2013. Compare to
Excerpt of law firm video, explaining how employers
can legally avoid hiring Americans (U.S. citizens and permanent
residents) and hire a foreign worker and sponsor him/her for a green
- Three videos involving FWD.us, the organization
formed by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to lobby Congress to enact more
expansive immigration policies:
Hire F-1 Students (apparent author David Swaim; see "Contact Us"
Swaim's Web page. Compare to
Lottery for Skilled Workers Has Doubters, Patrick McGree,
Fort Worth Star-Telegam, March 31, 2008.
Stop Blaming Indian Companies for Visa Abuse, Bloomberg
View, N. Matloff, August 26, 2013
Dr. Teitelbum's hypothetical case
- POWER: Abuse of corporate power in the tech sector.
Facebook manipulation of users' psychology, Jillian D'Onfro,
Business Insider, October 2, 2014.
Facebook Is Always Trying to Alter People's Behavior, Says Former
Data Scientist, Chris Mayszvyk, CNet, July 2, 2014.
another accusation that Facebook is manipulating our minds..
San Bruno: New emails shed more light on cozy ties between
PUC and PG&E, and involvement of governor's office, George
Avalos, San Jose Mercury News, October 6, 2014
Cell Tower Controversy Focus Squarely on Community
Development Director , David Greenwald, Davis Vanguard,
December 14, 2009
Communications Tower Sitings: the Telecommunications
Act of 1996 and the Battle for Community Control, Susan Lorde
- CRASH: Irresponsible financial engineering.
- Synopsis of the documentary Inside Job.
the film on YouTube
Boies Labels AIG Bailout Cozy Bank Deal as U.S.
Prepares Defense, Washington Post, October 27, 2014;
refers to the taxpayer bailout of the big banks after the 2008 crash,
which was highly controversial at the time, even more so now with
this (very narrow) lawsuit
the Math on Structured Finance," by Matthew Yglesias
"Who Is To Blame For The Subprime Crisis?", Investopedia,
The Financial Crisis and the Collapse of Ethical Behavior
Economists Failed to Predict the Financial Crisis,
Knowledge@Wharton, May 13, 2009
- WHL: Potential for racial profiling in U.S. tech spy cases.
- Democracy Begins at Home, Asianweek, N.
Matloff, July 14, 1995
- Wen Ho Lee Biography
- The Making of a Suspect: The Case of Wen Ho Lee
DECLARATION OF ROBERT VROOMAN
Statement of Robert S. Vrooman, Sen. Judiciary Committee, October
Feinstein Says Racial Profiling Fears hinder FBI /
Admit That Nationality Is Key, She Says, San Francisco
Chronicle, June 3, 2002