CRAY Colloquium: The Evolving Nature of Ethics in Computing

The computer science colloquium takes place on Mondays from 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. This week's speaker, Marty Wolf (Bemidji State University), will be giving a talk titled "The Evolving Nature of Ethics in Computing".


We used to do computer science for computer science’s sake. Over the past 75 years the field has increasingly focused on computing for society’s sake. Because of that evolution, computing ethics has undergone substantial change as well. In this talk, I will document how the history of the ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct both reflects and anticipates that evolution. I will provide case studies that surface changes that have taken place in scholarship, publishing, higher education, and the computing industry that heighten the need for those in the field of computer science to more fully embrace better incorporation of critical ethical reflection into the practice of computing. Simply, ethics can no longer be an add on or afterthought in computing. I will present a simple framework that members of the computing community can use to incorporate ethical consideration into course delivery and research projects. This framework can be used to initiate changes that will naturally incorporate ethical reflection as a regular part of the practice of computer scientists. 


Dr. Marty J. Wolf is currently a Visiting Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, NZ where he completed an Erskine Visiting Fellowship in June 2023. He is chair of the ACM Committee on Professional Ethics and an Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota USA. He has over thirty years of experience teaching undergraduate computer science. While his early research was in theoretical computer science, bioinformatics, and graph theory, over the last twenty-five years he has engaged in collaborative interdisciplinary scholarship in computing and information ethics and the philosophy of computation. He was part of the team that led the most recent update to the ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
Start date
Monday, Nov. 20, 2023, 11:15 a.m.
End date
Monday, Nov. 20, 2023, 12:15 p.m.