SIGCAS Making A Difference Award 2000
2000 SIGCAS Making A Difference Award Recipient
DEBORAH JOHNSON, Georgia Institute of Technology
The SIGCAS Making a Difference Award is given annually to an individual nationally recognized for work related to the interaction of computers and society. The recipient is a leader in promoting awareness of ethical and social issues in computing. The recipients of this award and the award itself encourage responsible action by computer professionals.
The inscription on Professor Johnson's award reads: "For her significant contribution in providing the philosophical foundation for Computer Ethics"
Deborah G. Johnson is Professor and Director of the Program in Philosophy, Science and Technology in the School of Public Policy of Georgia Institute of Technology. She is the author/editor of four books: Computer Ethics (Prentice Hall, third edition forthcoming in 2001); Computers, Ethics, and Social Values (co-edited with Helen Nissenbaum, Prentice Hall, 1995); Ethical Issues in Engineering (Prentice Hall, 1991); and Ethical Issues in the Use of Computers (co-edited with John Snapper, Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1985). Deborah Johnson has published articles in many journals including Communications of the ACM, Ethics , Metaphilosophy , Business and Professional Ethics Journal , Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, Journal of Applied Philosophy , and The Monist . Her writings have also been included in many collections including the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Business Ethics edited by P.H. Werhane and R.E. Freeman, The Encyclopedia of Ethics edited by L. Becker, and The Information Web: Ethical and Social Implications of Computer Networking edited by Carol Gould.
Professor Johnson teaches courses on ethics, ethics and information technology, engineering ethics, and values and policy. During 1992-93 she was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Operations Research of Princeton University where she worked on a National Science Foundation project on ethics and computer decision models. In 1994 and 1995 she received National Science Foundation funding to conduct workshops to prepare undergraduate faculty to teach courses and course modules on ethical and professional issues in computing. Deborah Johnson has been a long-standing member of SIGCAS and served as SIGCAS Treasurer from1993 to 1996. She has served as the Chair of the American Philosophical Association Committee on Computer Use in Philosophy, and she currently serves as President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology.