Strategies for Operationalizing the CS2023 Society-Ethics-Professionalism Recommendations

SIGCSE 2024 Affiliate Event

Date: March 20, 2024. A pre-SIGCSE Affiliated event!
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm PDT

Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon.
Room TBA

Fees: None. This event is sponsored by SIGCAS and is free for registered SIGCSE symposium attendees.

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Computing for the Social Good (CSG) in collaboration with Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) are pleased to invite you to their Affiliate Event. This free, SIGCAS-sponsored event will take place Wednesday March 20, 2024, from 8:30-5:00 pm, as an affiliated 2024 SIGCSE Technical Symposium event.

CS2023, the once a decade ACM/IEEE recommendations for what constitutes an undergraduate degree in computer science enumerates the core topics from each of the 17 knowledge areas, every holder of a bachelor’s degree in computer science must see/know. One topic area, whose coverage is significantly greater than CS2013, the previous such recommendation, is SEP; Society, Ethics, and the Profession.

Much has transpired since CS2013: The use of social media platforms to subvert free and fair elections; Cambridge Analytica; the unintended, but dangerous use of data one believed to be private; the near ubiquitous collection of “personal” data, and its use in unimagined ways, the risks from its insecure storage from hacking and theft, bias from machine learning systems that were improperly trained; etc.

Simply put, cultural competencies and ethical considerations need to be as much a part of the software development life cycle, as algorithm choice and language selection. To help make the point regarding the centrality of SEP in CS2023, each of the 16 other knowledge areas will include an SEP knowledge unit, explicitly outlining the SEP-oriented considerations in that area. For example, the Data Management knowledge area’s enumeration of required core topics includes a module on the social aspects of data collections: e.g. scale, privacy, anonymity, ownership, reliability, intended and unintended applications in addition to a module on data security.

Clearly, this overdue increase on SEP considerations will have significant curricular implications. The question that CS2023 raises, but does not directly address, are strategies for how to operationalize its SEP recommendations.

This free and open to all, SIGCAS-sponsored affiliated event will present a variety of tested approaches for incorporating SEP considerations throughout the curriculum. These approaches include CSG-Ed, HFOSS, Embedded Ethics, and Responsible Computing.

While this SIGCAS-sponsored event is free, attendees must be registered for the Technical Symposium.

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