Teaching Computer Ethics in the Context of Organizational Change


Professor Chuck Huff, St Olaf College, USA


No matter what career they choose, almost all of our students will spend their work lives in organizations. Our goals in teaching computer ethics to these students should be informed by what we know about how ethical computing decisions are made in organizations. Toward that end, I will bring together in this talk three strands of scholarship that rarely speak with each other: social science research on technology in organizations, psychological research on moral reasoning and behavior, and curricular standards and pedagogy in computer ethics. I will conclude that we can teach in a way that supports moral and ethical behavior, but that our teaching goal will need to be broadened beyond our usual focus on the individual student to include changing the culture of computing in organizations.