the ethi{CS} project

the ethi{CS} project team

Carol Artacho Guerra, Instructor in Physics

Kiran Bhardwaj, Instructor in Philosophy and Religious Studies

Michelle Ciccone, Tang Institute Research Affiliate

Steve Russell, Instructor in Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science

Nick Zufelt, Instructor in Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science


What is the ethi{CS} project?

Software developers and others who create or deploy technologies make choices that have a profound impact on all of us. Therefore, it is essential that computer science and other technology education should require that students studying CS not only learn how to code, but also learn to determine whether the choices they make while coding are ethically well-grounded.

The ethi{CS} project is a Tang Institute-incubated program that works to give computer science and technology teachers the support and resources to teach students to be engaged ethically in their technical learning.


the ethi{CS} project materials & resources

How to Respond...

Controversial issues around privacy make for engaging and unpredictable classroom conversation. But, in the midst of these classroom conversations, inevitably comes that comment:

“Well, I don’t really care anyway. I’m not doing anything wrong so I have nothing to hide.”

So how might an educator respond when a student says they don’t care about privacy? Michelle Ciccone, Tang Institute Research Affiliate, takes us through our options.


Pedagogy Technique: Argument Repair

One technique from ethics classes that is underutilized in the technology classroom is argument repair: the practice of trying to "build better ethical arguments". How do you start this type of conversation in your classroom and get your students to be active participants? Tang Fellow Kiran Bhardwaj explains.


Book Review: Technically Wrong

The Tang Institute fellows behind the ethi{CS} project, Kiran Bhardwaj and Nicholas Zufelt, offer a book review of Sara Wachter-Boettcher’s Technically Wrong, and share ways this book could be used to complement CS projects or assignments that prompt ethical thinking.


Interested in joining the ethi{CS} community?

Are you an educator in computer science or another related domain who is interested in sharing ideas, resources and approaches to embed ethics into your curriculum? We'd love to have you join our growing community; please reach out to us at make.ethics@gmail.com.